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Hagerstown City Council to decide on Phase 1 of park improvements

June 18, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Several improvements are in the works for Hagerstown’s Memorial Park, including new landscaping and walking paths, as well as the removal of the cover over Marsh Run.

The first phase of upgrades for the park at the corner of South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard are expected to cost about $71,000, fully funded by the city’s Community Development Block Grant, according to city documents.

A total of $34,950 will be paid out of this year’s CDBG budget allotment, with the remaining $36,000 coming from fiscal year 2012-13 funds, the documents said.

The five-member city council is scheduled to vote on Phase 1 improvements during its meeting Tuesday. If approved, work will begin immediately.

Subsequent plans for further improvements include a plaza area with a flag pole next to South Potomac Street, across from Bester Elementary School, and a possible memorial wall along Marsh Run, the documents said.

Over the past year, city staff completed a concept plan, construction documents, and obtained necessary state and local permits for completion of initial improvements, which also includes grading, removal of the current stone wall and parking area along Memorial Boulevard, benches and a new park sign, the documents said.

The majority of work will be handled in house, the documents said.

Numerous ornamental, shade and evergreen trees will be planted, the documents said.

Future vehicle access and a new parking area would be available from South Potomac Street, the documents said.

— C.J. Lovelace

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