Advisory board earmarks funds for county recreation projects

April 10, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Local recreation councils will put their time and money toward more than a dozen projects, including ballfields, a pavilion, parking and fences, with help from a Carroll County fund.

In most cases, the county pays about three-quarters of the cost, and the groups contribute the remainder in money and labor, said Richard Soisson, the county director of recreation and parks.

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board recommended these self-help project requests in spending $53,925 remaining from the 2005 capital budget, he said. The county commissioners approved the list Tuesday.

The projects include: $1,445 for a retaining wall at the Hashawha-Bear Branch Nature Center; $1,500 for an entrance sign at the county Equestrian Center; $10,632 for paving a parking lot at Mayeski Park in Winfield; $2,220 for a parking lot and $9,175 for a pavilion at the Cherrytown Road ballfield; $1,117 for safety fencing at Charles Carroll Elementary School, and $12,793 for fencing at Cape Horn Park.

Other ballfield improvements include: $708 for the softball field at Francis Scott Key High School; $5,738 for eight fields in Westminster; $1,942 at Runnymede Elementary School; $833 at Manchester Elementary School, and $2,382 at Cape Horn Park.

"Two times a year, the councils come to us with recommendations of how to spend these funds," Soisson told the commissioners. "This spends all the money for this year. ... It's a good cross-section of different projects."

When Commissioner Dean L. Minnich asked about a lack of items in South Carroll, Soisson said, "There are many projects in the southern part of the county," adding that the board sees that the money is spread among local councils.

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