Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park rededicated

August 07, 2013
  • Area Scouts and Rotarians helped rededicate Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown on July 1. Front row, from left, Chris Vecchio, Timothy Forrest, Jake Milburn, Thomas Forrest, Tim Mason and Mark Forrest. Back row, Long Meadows Rotary Club President Ron Bowers, Bryce Harris, Beth Forrest, Benjamin Forrest, Chuck Mason, Zach Klein, Bill Whaley and Dan Klein.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Ruppenthal

The City of Hagerstown and the Rotary Club of Long Meadows hosted a rededication ceremony July 1 for the Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park.

Rotarians, Antietam Garden Club, Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion members, city officials, Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Pack 103 and community neighbors assembled for the ceremony.

The rededication celebrated the successful public-private partnership that has contributed to the park’s success throughout the last several years.

The Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park was approved by the mayor and city council in July 2000 under the city’s previous Adopt-A-Park program.

Members of the Rotary Club agreed to name and maintain the park, while the city maintains ownership of the land.

The park spans just short of an acre and welcomes passers-by to the North End. It is off the intersection of The Terrace and Northern Avenue.

The ceremony was led by Lou Scally and featured musical performances by the Hagerstown Municipal Band’s brass quintet, as well as selections from students at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and Walker Performing Arts.

Ron Bowers, president of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows, served as the keynote speaker. Hagerstown City Councilman Don Munson presented a recognition certificate to the Rotary Club.

In addition, Boy Scouts from Troop 103 posted the colors and, along with Cub Scout Pack 103, planted a tree as part of the ceremony.

The Scouts perform community service by acting as caretakers of the park and keeping the park clean throughout the year.

The City of Hagerstown and the Rotary Club continue to work collaboratively to make additional enhancements to the park.

Opportunities for the future include expanding walking trails to connect the park to Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion and nearby Mills Park.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park and other parks in the City of Hagerstown’s park system, go to or call 301-739-8577, ext. 180.

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