West Side Regional State Park First Community Feedback Underway

- FREDERICK, Md - Concerns from the community were heard for the first time Sunday at the first out of three community feedback meetings about the master plans for the West Side Regional Park in Frederick.

The Frederick Parks and Recreation Deputy Director, Roekley Myers, said this will be the first big sports regional park for the city.

"What we want to do is make sure we do is  get as much public input into what we put in the park so when its a finished product, we're going to try to reach everyone in the community and make everyone happy and get the most use out of the park," Myers said.

Hargett farm, a 148-acre open farmland, is where the proposed park would be and it's estimated to cost more than $51 million.

Currently, the city of Frederick has more than 600 acres of park land and more than 70 city parks. 

The master plan for the park is to feature an aquatic center and more than 11 multi-purpose fields, plus an adventure park for kids.

Willard Granger, a community member, said it's a better plan than building more houses on the land.

"Well there's problems with anything but it will increase traffic but it doesn't have the relation to increase traffic if it was full of houses," Granger said.  

Peter Albanes, president of Synthetic Turf, said it's an asset for the community, but he's worried about what type of grass the park will use for the fields.

"If they want to go ahead and test it, but the synthetic turf here, if you choose correctly quality produce and install it properly offers such a great advantage for 24-7," Albanes said.

Myers said he hopes to be able to begin the construction process soon, but for now it's all about the community input.

"I think when its all said and done the aquatic center and the multi purpose fields will really go a long way," Myers said.

The second community feedback meeting will be Monday, August 4 at the Municipal Annex Building at 6 p.m.
The last meeting will be Wednesday, August 6 at the Overlook Park Pavilion at 7 p.m.

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