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Improvements slated for Pangborn, Hellane parks

April 25, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Improvements are on the horizon for two Hagerstown parks.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a design contract to begin the restoration of the lake at Pangborn Park and a section of the adjacent Hamilton Run stream.

The council also approved a paving project at Hellane Park.

Pangborn Park’s artificial lake, installed in the late 1930s by the city Public Works Administration, will be improved, including dredging of the lake bed, and aesthetic and environmental enhancements, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

The project will improve water quality by reducing sediment in the lake and the stream that feeds it, Tissue said. It’s been decades since any significant maintenance was done, he said.

The design would include improvements along 500 feet of the Hamilton Run stream that flows next to the park, as well as the lake edge by adding more natural plants and contours, Tissue said.

“We’re trying to make it a more inviting place,” he said.

The city will hire Brudis & Associates Inc. of Columbia, Md., to complete the design work at a cost of $62,000.

Chesapeake Bay Trust grant funding will cover $30,000 of the project, with the rest coming out of the general fund, according to city documents.

The design should be completed by the end of the calendar year, with construction to follow next spring or summer, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

Other bids for the design contract included WBCM of Baltimore, $63,944; Straughn Environmental of Columbia, $64,350; and EA Engineering of Sparks, Md., $69,863.

At Hellane Park in Hagerstown’s West End, new asphalt will be laid to widen and improve existing walkways around the park’s multiple ballfields at a cost of $34,760.

Craig Paving Inc. of Hagerstown was awarded the contract for the work.

The project will be paid for with funds from the city’s Community Development Block Grant.

The city also received bids from Huntzberry Brothers, Inc., of Smithsburg, Md., $34,800, and L.W. Wolfe of Myersville, Md., $49,460.

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