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Clear Spring official seeks town community center

November 01, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Blickenstaff
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CLEAR SPRING — Lamenting that "there just isn't enough space for them," a Clear Spring official Tuesday night made a plea for a town community center for youth sports programs.

Clear Spring Vice-Mayor Steve Blickenstaff proposed the idea during a Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting at the L.P. Snyder Memorial Library of Clear Spring.

The commissioners periodically meet in local towns to talk about issues in the various communities.

Clear Spring's youth sports events are currently held in Clear Spring Elementary and Clear Spring Middle schools, Blickenstaff said.

But with the 20-plus sports teams that are expected for this year, team organizers are running out of space.

"There just isn't enough space for them. We desperately need some help," he told the commissioners.

Blickenstaff said the town doesn't need a "Taj Mahal" with wood floors. He suggested that a possible spot for a center could be found in the Clear Spring community park on Big Spring Road, which is part of the county's park system and already has parking.

Commissioner William B. McKinley suggested Clear Spring officials contact Hancock town officials about how they planned a center in that town. McKinley said there might be a way to establish a center through the state's Project Open Space program.

Commissioners President Terry L. Baker suggested that Blickenstaff get in touch with a counselor at Clear Spring Middle School who had been interested previously in establishing a community center in the town.

Blickenstaff said the town's youth sports programs involve volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter, with youths in the third through eighth grade participating.

The building could also be used for dance groups and senior citizens, Blickenstaff said.

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