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Funkstown Community Park tennis court upgrades expected to start in March

Mayor, Town Council discussed park projects during Feb. 8 work session

February 15, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN — Improvements at the Funkstown Community Park tennis courts are expected to begin in March, and Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said he hopes they are completed by May 1.

The improvements include installing lighting, replacing fencing and netting, and putting new asphalt on the two courts, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

The mayor and Town Council discussed park projects during a Feb. 8 work session at Town Hall.

The work on the tennis courts will be paid for with two Program Open Space grants that total $50,220, Haynes said. Program Open Space is a state program that provides money to acquire park land and build park facilities, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' website.

Town Councilman Richard Gaver shared some research he'd done on lighting for the tennis courts, talking about Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway, which has coin-operated controllers for its tennis and basketball courts.

Crampton said Funkstown will get coin-operated controllers on the new lighting and fix it so they wouldn't kick in after a certain hour, preventing people from playing in the middle of the night. The fees will mirror the county's fees, he said.

Pictures of the Halfway park courts distributed during the Feb. 8 meeting showed signs listing prices of $1.50 for an hour of lighting at the basketball court or for 36 minutes at the tennis court.

Funkstown officials also discussed the possibility of extending the park's hours from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The town is awaiting state approval on a $49,500 Program Open Space grant to put new blacktop on the park's parking lot off Maple Street, to remove chain-link fencing, to put up more split-rail fencing and to put a new facade on the maintenance building in the park, according to Crampton and Haynes.

That grant also would pay for installing a paved walkway from the Maple Street parking lot to the tennis courts, and for upgrading drainage near the parking lot, Haynes said.

Haynes said she expected to hear about this grant and hopes to hear about an application for a $122,500 Community Parks and Playgrounds grant by June 1.

If approved, the larger grant would be used to add a volleyball court with bleachers, fencing, a backstop for the major league field, trees and landscaping, and a nature trail throughout the park.

It also would be used to make the bathrooms by the tennis courts and a dugout at the Little League field compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, town officials said.

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