3 recreation councils seek county funds to improve parks

November 03, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Three Carroll County recreation councils requested about $9,600 from the county commissioners yesterday to help pay for improvements to parks and ball fields.

The projects are in Deer Park, New Windsor and Woodbine and are called "self-help projects" because volunteers from each community also contribute time and money to them.

This support allows the county "to stretch our dollars," Department of Recreation and Parks Director John P. Little said.

All three projects were submitted for the commissioners' approval last year, too, Chief of Recreation Jeff Degitz said.

The commissioners will consider the requests and make a decision later. The commissioners did not comment yesterday on the proposals.

The projects:

* Deer Park Recreation Council wants to make improvements to the concession and storage building.

The council would like to have a water hook-up and install a septic system for kitchen waste water, volunteer Ken Lawson of Finksburg said.

The council also would like to refurbish a small storage and electrical supply building, he said.

The total cost of the work would be $2,500, with $2,250 of that coming from the county and $250 plus 300 volunteer hours from the council.

Mr. Lawson, who coaches youth soccer teams, also requested that the commissioners consider a $111,000 request to develop softball/baseball and multipurpose fields with parking.

The request has been in the capital budget for several years and has been pushed down on the priority list, he said.

Last year, about 48,000 participants, spectators and volunteers used the park, Mr. Lawson said.

* New Windsor Recreation Council wants to improve an existing ball field at New Windsor Middle School.

The total cost of the project would be $2,095, with $1,732 coming from the county and $363 plus 128 volunteer hours from the council.

* Woodbine Recreation Council wants to make improvements and repairs to the ball fields at Salt Box Park.

The total cost of the project would be $6,850, with $5,687.50 from the county and $1,162.50 plus 440 volunteer hours from the council.

Representatives from the New Windsor and Woodbine councils did not attend yesterday's meeting.

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