New Windsor parks get grants for improvements Seibel's Field to have tot lot

November 04, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Seibel's Field: It's not just ball fields any more.

That's what New Windsor residents may be saying after the park at the west end of town gets a face lift -- including a new tot lot -- courtesy of a $17,868 grant from Program Open Space, a state program that helps develop recreational space.

"It's going to have a lot of everything -- slides, that thing you crawl through," said Councilman Terry Petry, town recreation and parks liaison. "It will be mainly geared to the small tots who can go over there while mom and dad watch the ballgame."

Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced last week that the Board of Public Works had approved the grant to upgrade Seibel's Field and the Sulphur Springs Park on Atlee Avenue and Water Street.

In addition to the tot lot, Seibel's Field will get two bleachers, interior improvements to the food stand and a new electrical system.

Sulphur Spring Park will get two new bleachers, and the pavilion near the tennis courts probably will get new siding, Mr. Petry said.

"I'm not really sure when we'll start it. I've got to get with the [town recreation council] and see where we stand," Mr. Petry said. "I'd like to see them get things in before the [softball]season, though."

Four of the county's eight municipalities receive grants annually with the recipients alternating, according to Bernie Wentker, regional administrator for the program.

County and municipal Program Open Space grants may be requested for up to 100 percent on land purchases and up to 75 percent on development of recreational facilities.

The governor included an extra $121,490 of Program Open Space money for Carroll in May.

"I think we applied for it in early spring, April or May," Mr. Petry said. "I don't know exactly where it came from, but we got it. And we're going to spend it."

The sum was in addition to $410,000 in Open Space money the county was already scheduled to receive for fiscal 1994, which began July 1.

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