Roosevelt Park improvements growing closer to completion
QUEEN ANNE — Work is expected to wrap up this week on improvements to Roosevelt Park, the town park of Queen Anne, located on Morgan Street near Tuckahoe Creek.
Thanks to a $135,711 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Community Parks and Playground Program, the town engaged contractor Mark MacDonald tof Delaware to add facilities to the park and upgrade existing ones, said Mayor Randy Esty.
Among the improvements is a 20-by-30-foot addition to the existing covered pavilion at the park that will include picnic tables and a family-sized grill, he said. It will also have electric service. Esty said the expanded pavilion space will be large enough to accommodate large gatherings such as church events or family reunions.
Enhancements are also being made to the third-ofa-mile walking path around the park’s perimeter, according to the mayor. They include the addition of four exercise stations at certain points on the path, he said.
“There will be a swing bench and regular benches,” Esty said. “There will be a recumbent cycle and leg and chest presses.”
Also part of the enhancements is the addition of a permanent cover over the children’s playground equipment to minimize exposure to hot sun or precipitation, he said, adding that the MacDonald company was the one that provided the playground equipment some years earlier.
“We hope it will increase usage of the park,” Esty said of the various improvements.
Construction began on Thursday, June 9 and was expected to take about two weeks, he said. The crews did not work on Thursday, June 16 because of rain, but the weather has had little other impact on the project, Esty said.
He said a formal celebration marking the park improvements will take place on an as yet undecided date.
New picnic tables in the foreground wait to be installed in the expanded pavilion at Roosevelt Park in Queen Anne. They are among several enhancements being made to the park. Rain prevented work from taking place the day the photo was taken.