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Hagerstown City Council OKs Memorial Park upgrades

June 19, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

Several improvements will soon take shape at Hagerstown’s Memorial Park, including new landscaping and walking paths, as well as the removal of the cover over Marsh Run.

By a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council unanimously approved Phase 1 upgrades at the park. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner was absent.

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.

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.

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Work is slated to begin immediately, according to city documents.

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 officials completed a concept plan, construction documents, and obtained the necessary state and local permits for completion of initial improvements. The upgrades also include 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. 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.

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