$800,000 Lighting Project Completed To Further Enhance Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex

August 25, 2011

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$ 800,000 Lighting Project Completed To Further Enhance Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex

Salisbury, MD (PRWEB) April 28, 2005

On Monday, April 25th, Wicomico CountyÂ’s Division of Recreation and Parks will hold a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of an $ 800,000 lighting project at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury.

The project involved adding lighting to softball, soccer and lacrosse fields, upgrading lighting at two softball fields, relocating and reconfiguring the home run fencing to have 300 foot distances, relocating 2 scoreboards, adding warning tracks to all the softball fields, landscaping improvement, and installing a new state-of-the-art play module.

These upgrades further enhance a complex that has been honored with two prestigious awards in the past: the 1987 “Most Beautiful & Functional Park” award presented by The Maryland Chapter of Landscape Architects and the Maryland Recreation & Parks Association, and the 2004 “Outstanding Park” award presented by The National Softball Association.

“These upgrades have solidified the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex’s reputation as one of the premier facilities on the east coast,” notes complex manager Andy Wisk. “Every team that plays here, whether it’s our own county leagues or teams from another state, consistently report that the grounds, service and atmosphere we provide is in a class by itself. Every Wicomico County citizen should be proud of what we have built here, and I encourage everyone to come out and see it for themselves.”

Virtually all of the $ 800,000-plus costs for the project came from Maryland Program Open Space monies and several generous private sources, including the Wicomico County Men’s Slow Pitch League, Wicomico County Soccer Federation, Wicomico County Junior Girls League Salisbury Lacrosse Club, Wicomico County Women’s Softball League and the Wicomico County Co-ed Softball League. The project required a local funding match of 10%. In addition, 10 different contractors were used and almost $ 20,000 of in-kind labor from the Parks Division was utilized.

Program Open Space funds are generated by a property transfer tax, and are used specifically to acquire, develop and renovate park land. Since the inception of the POS in 1969, Wicomico County has received $ 7.9 million dollars to undertake over 200 projects.

The dedication ceremony begins at 6:00pm, and will be followed by light refreshments.


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