Taneytown park may get 3 ball fields

August 08, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Taneytown officials will discuss tonight the creation of three new ball fields at Taneytown Rod and Gun Club Park.

Representatives of David Miller/Associates Inc., a landscaping company in Lancaster, Pa., hired to study the project, will present landscaping suggestions.

"Basically, we're in the very most preliminary stages of doing anything," said David Miller, a landscape architect. "We will not be showing them a finished plan or anything like that, just some ideas of how things could possibly be and get some input from the people down there.

"I think what we're simply going to try to do [at the City Council meeting] is the conceptual type of land planning, such as, 'Is there enough room for these things to fit?' "

The landscaping company was hired after city officials and members of the park committee decided to consider putting three ball fields, a tot lot and parking on the park property and a 7-acre parcel behind the park that also belongs to the city, said City Manager John L. Kendall.

"They are talking about putting two of the fields behind the clubhouse building," Mr. Kendall said. "The other field they say will go on the other side of the pond, where the old rifle range used to be."

The landscaping company has been involved with the project for about a week, Mr. Miller said. Planners have visited and photographed the site and collected some of the survey maps of the land.

More detailed surveys will be done once the direction of the planning is established, Mr. Miller said.

"Right now, we're at the level where we want to talk to them about the planning concepts, and then we will be suggesting things we think are important to look into," including technical aspects of the topography such as wetlands and drainage, Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Kendall said the city intends to do the landscaping work in the fall and lay out the ball fields in the spring, provided the fields will fit on the property and the council approves the idea.

Officials also will award contracts tonight for sewer work on Commerce Street and on West Baltimore Street in connection with the Wantz Chevrolet dealership annexation.

The city plans to connect the dealership to city sewers by running a line from Park Drive in Memorial Park under Route 140 to the West Baltimore Street car lot.

The bids for the projects were opened Wednesday during the council's work session, Mr. Kendall said.

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