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Hagerstown might seek $200K for trail

December 03, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown is considering whether to seek federal or state money to build a $200,000 recreation trail on the north end of town.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue, in presenting the proposal to the Hagerstown City Council during a work session Tuesday, said the trail would stretch from Mills Park to the American Legion on Northern Avenue. It would be about 10 feet wide and 1,000 feet long with ornamental lighting and a wetland crossing, he said.

If the trail were built, the surface likely would be asphalt.

Tissue said city staff believes the trail could increase the public's use of Mills Park, which is underutilized although new playground equipment recently was installed there.

"We're trying to make it better for the community," Tissue said after the council's work session. "Right now, it has very limited use."

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Mills Park also has a pavilion.

Before the plan goes forward, city staff members are to poll residents who live in the area within the next few weeks to determine whether they would use the trail for biking, hiking or other recreational activities, Tissue said.

If the residents and council give their approval, the city would seek state or federal funding to build the trail, Tissue said.

"We will not use city money," he said.

Tissue said the trail would take about three months to build, "but years to plan," because the city would have to obtain, among other things, an easement from the American Legion and several permits.

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