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Proposed trails would help with basic learning skills

July 21, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

A proposed walking trail program that helps children grasp basic learning skills was unveiled Tuesday afternoon to Hagerstown City Council members.

The Born Learning Trails would be built at Staley, Wheaton and Pangborn parks in Hagerstown and the trails would feature 10 stations where children 5 years old and younger can learn basic skills about numbers, colors and shapes, officials with the project said.

It is important that children have the opportunity to grasp those skills since some children are not academically prepared to enter kindergarten, said Kelly Redmond, a spokeswoman for the project.

If the city agrees to proceed with the project, city officials would seek sponsors to pay for the asphalt for the trails, and the United Way of Washington County, which is involved in the proposal, would get sponsors for equipment, Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said.

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Officials said 150 feet of asphalt would be needed for each of the parks.

City Council members are expected to further consider the proposal during their regular meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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