Press Release

DAN'S MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, MD (April 10, 1998) -- The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) are seeking volunteers to help build a unique scrap tire playground at Dan's Mountain State Park in Allegany County.

The project, which has been designed by Learning Structures Inc. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire will recycle scrap tires in the playground's structures and ground cover. Construction on the project will begin on Thursday, April 16, and be completed on Saturday, April 18. Construction activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day. Breakfast, lunch and T-shirts will be provided to participants.

The project is being funded through MDE's Used Tire Cleanup and Recycling Fund. The fund is generated from collection of one dollar for every new tire sold in Maryland. MDE uses the funds for scrap tire cleanup projects and for implementation of a licensing program. MES is managing the design, materials placement, and construction of the playground. DNR is providing the playground site and is coordinating with local communities to secure equipment and volunteers for the project.

Similar playgrounds have been built at Patapsco Valley, Cunningham Falls, Calvert Cliffs and Tuckahoe State Parks. If you would like more information, contact Ted Elkin of MDE at (410) 631-3315