11:39 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
Despite a brief stoppage due to the inclement weather over the past few days, work is progressing at two City of Hagerstown parks, a Parks and Recreation official said Tuesday.
Parks Superintendent Junior Mason said Greenawalt Park, a new downtown “pocket park” located at the corner North Locust Street and East Avenue, is expected to be completed within the next three to four weeks.
Mason said the city is in the process of installing lights and electrical conduits at the site, which began as an old abandoned building that the city purchased and demolished earlier this year.
Playground equipment, sidewalks and a brick wall around the park have all been installed, Mason said. Trees and grass sod have been planted as well.
Mason said the completion date depends on how quickly the city receives its pavers and picnic tables, which have been ordered. In the spring, Greenawalt Park will receive flowers and additional ground cover plants.
About a mile away at the corner of South Potomac and East Memorial Boulevard, grading and demolition work at Memorial Park is continuing, even though the heavy rains early this week have slowed the process, Mason said.
“We knew the weather was going to stop us sooner or later,” he said, remembering the snow storm that hit last year and canceled the Mummer’s Parade. “We just didn’t think it was going to be a hurricane.”
The city has brought in about 1,200 yards of dirt fill to grade the new park near Bester Elementary School. City staff are working to install electrical conduits and preparing pathways for paving, Mason said.
About 80 feet of the cover over Marsh Run has been removed so far, with about 200 feet to go, Mason estimated. City staff are continuing to remove blacktopped areas from former parking lots.
Mason said he hopes to have the first phase of Memorial Park completed this spring.
— C.J. Lovelace
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