Roo­sevelt Park im­prove­ments grow­ing closer to com­ple­tion

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

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.

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