Rec Projects Delayed

September 29, 1991

The county's budget crunch is having ramifications on the Recreationand Parks Department's Self-Help Program.

Two projects which had been approved by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board in February -- and for which the commissioners had appropriated money -- have been delayed because of the budget problems.

Planned tot lots at Charles Carroll and Spring Grove elementary schools have been defered, said Director John P. Little.

The tot lot playground equipment at Charles Carroll north of Westminster would replace an existing set, while the one at Spring Garden in Hampstead would be new at the school, which just opened this fall.

The parksboard on Wednesday night, meanwhile, heard requests for seven new projects totaling nearly $43,000. The budget for self-help projects, though, is down to $34,000, and the commission may decide not to spend all of that money to help cover deficits in other areas of the countybudget.

The county pays for most of the materials for construction of self-help projects, while the recreation council or user group provides the rest of the money and volunteer labor.

Projects presented at Wednesday's meeting included:

* A handicapped-accessible tot lot at the Westminster Community Pond, $11,875 in county money, $3,125 from the Therapeutic Recreation Council and 500 volunteer hours.

* A fitness trail on the grounds of East Middle School, $12,000 incounty money, $3,000 from the Westminster Recreation Council and 600volunteer hours.

* A tot lot in the Lexington Run community in Sykesville,$7,192 in county money, $1,898 from Freedom Recreation Council and 300 volunteer hours.

* Renovation of two ball fields at Charles Carroll Elementary north of Westminster, $4,062 in county money,$938 from the Charles Carroll Recreation Council and 250 volunteer hours.

* Improvements to the softball fields at Salt Box Park, $3,713 in county money, $587 from the Woodbine Recreation Council and 390volunteer hours.

* Completion of the new concession building at Deer Park, $2,250 in county money, $250 from the Deer Park RecreationCouncil and 300 volunteer hours.

* Baseball diamond renovations at New Windsor Middle, $1,732 in county money, $363 from the New WindsorRecreation Council and 128 volunteer hours.

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