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Historic commission approves replacement seating at City Park band shell

July 28, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Historic District Commission offered no objections Thursday to city plans to replace seating at the City Park band shell.

The commission reviewed the plans as a courtesy extended to it when work is done in a city park, said Stephen Bockmiller, city zoning administrator.

The city plans to replace existing wooden benches at the park band shell with new pew-like seats that will be a mix of concrete and wood, he said.

Seat backs and bottoms will be wooden slats on a concrete base, according to city documents.

Seating will be configured in a wave pattern of five rows that are 5 feet apart, the documents said.

Bockmiller said the existing wooden benches are expensive to maintain, as much as $10,000 per year.

The proposed replacements will cost the city less to maintain, he said.

Commissioner Mary S. Mallery asked if there would still be room around the new seats for those who attend events at the band shell, but prefer to bring their own blankets and chairs.

Bockmiller said the city does not plan to add seating at the site, only replace the existing benches.

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