Fort Meade Seeks Improvements at City Mobile Home Park

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THE LEDGER

FORT MEADE | Residents in the city-owned Fort Meade Mobile Home Park may be getting a new recreation hall and shuffleboard courts, based on action taken by city commissioners Tuesday night.

The commission voted to pin down the project’s cost and seek a loan, estimated to total $800,000, to fund the project.

Terry Booker, president of the park’s homeowners’ association, told commissioners Tuesday the city is paying off the loan this year used to build the park’s activity center, freeing up an estimated $45,000 annually to make additional improvements in the park.

“This can be done without affecting the budget one dime,” he said. “This is something that’s going to benefit the city of Fort Meade, and is going to bring new people into the mobile home park.”

In a letter to the city, Booker said the deteriorating condition of the shuffleboard courts makes it challenging for them to host tournaments and other events.

“We play in a league with seven other mobile home parks,” he said Tuesday, “and we have the worst courts in the league. We have lunch in the rec hall, and it’s in bad shape.”

The recreation hall was built more than 50 years ago as pole shed, and later expanded for a meeting hall.

The homeowners’ association is recommending the city raze the existing recreation hall and shuffleboard courts and build a 2,400-square-foot building behind the activity center, which was built in 2002. Residents want to see an expanded library, pool tables, a kitchenette and meeting areas in the new building, Booker said.

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FORT MEADE | Residents in the city-owned Fort Meade Mobile Home Park may be getting a new recreation hall and shuffleboard courts, based on action taken by city commissioners Tuesday night.

The commission voted to pin down the project’s cost and seek a loan, estimated to total $800,000, to fund the project.

Terry Booker, president of the park’s homeowners’ association, told commissioners Tuesday the city is paying off the loan this year used to build the park’s activity center, freeing up an estimated $45,000 annually to make additional improvements in the park.

“This can be done without affecting the budget one dime,” he said. “This is something that’s going to benefit the city of Fort Meade, and is going to bring new people into the mobile home park.”

In a letter to the city, Booker said the deteriorating condition of the shuffleboard courts makes it challenging for them to host tournaments and other events.

“We play in a league with seven other mobile home parks,” he said Tuesday, “and we have the worst courts in the league. We have lunch in the rec hall, and it’s in bad shape.”

The recreation hall was built more than 50 years ago as pole shed, and later expanded for a meeting hall.

The homeowners’ association is recommending the city raze the existing recreation hall and shuffleboard courts and build a 2,400-square-foot building behind the activity center, which was built in 2002. Residents want to see an expanded library, pool tables, a kitchenette and meeting areas in the new building, Booker said.

The association also is seeking new shuffleboard courts in the same area, with covered walkways connecting the two buildings and the courts, according to preliminary plans.

City Manager Fred Hilliard confirmed Tuesday that the recreation hall is in poor condition and needs to be replaced, and supported the commission’s position to pursue a new loan.

“We need to get an architect to go ahead and start working on the plans,” he said.

Residents in the 200-lot park purchase their own homes, but pay lot rent to the city. Revenues from the park are used to offset the cost of city services in Fort Meade.

Sent along by Bob Weber with thanks!  2015 05 20

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