County gets funds for park expansions

HARFORD DIGEST

May 04, 2008

The state Board of Public Works has awarded Harford County $1,031,500 for park expansions and playground equipment.

The county will receive $714,000 to partially fund the purchase of 66 acres near Dublin for a new community park. The purchase protects wooded areas and will also offer the northern Harford area new athletic fields, picnic pavilions and a playground, once the project is fully developed.

A $212,500 grant will mean Prospect Mill Park in Bel Air grows by more than four acres. An additional $60,000 will pay for playground equipment at the Francis Silver Park in Darlington, and the remaining $45,000 will help install a playground at Riverside Elementary school in Joppa.

In all, Program Open Space funds announced last week will create $2,083,399 in recreational projects for five Maryland counties.

Flushing of fire hydrants continues

The Harford County Public Works Department's Water and Sewer Division is continuing its biannual flushing of approximately 4,000 fire hydrants across the county.

Flushing will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Officials expect the project to be completed about July 15.

During flushing, water may be temporarily discolored, water pressure may be reduced or water service temporarily disrupted.

Information: 410-612-1612.

Fire company gets mannequins for CPR

The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company was the recipient of an adult size and child size mannequin for community CPR education from the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association and Plaza Ford of Bel Air.

The mannequins are used to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a more life-like situation to emergency responders, as well as to community groups wishing to learn CPR, such as Scouts, day care operators and church groups.

The state auto dealers' group works through the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation in providing the mannequins, valued at $1,500 each, to local emergency responders.

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