'Pocket park' planned at North Locust Street and East Avenue in Hagerstown

January 10, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |

HAGERSTOWN — City officials Tuesday unveiled plans for a new “pocket park” at North Locust Street and East Avenue in Hagerstown.

The Hagerstown City Council recently approved the acquisition of properties at 101 East Ave., and 144 North Locust St.

Council members acquired the properties to create a small park  designed to improve the livability of the neighborhood and add open space, according to a memorandum from City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

During an afternoon work session Tuesday, Tissue presented council members and Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II with two design proposals for the park.

Concept A of the park is described as a contemporary approach with a curved walkway through the park, which will be 40-feet-by-70-feet. Both designs include open lawns, tables and chairs and a playground areas.

Although members commented on the plans they liked, the council  decided to first determine which plan residents in the area of the park prefer.

Tissue said he plans to meet with residents living around the site to get their reaction to the design plans.

City officials will also consult with local historical experts about a possible name for the park.

The council will consider the $29,600 demolition bid during its Jan. 31 meeting, Councilman William M. Breichner said.

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