The Rockville City Council this week voted to build four parks in the city at costs ranging from $48,000 to $133,000.
The four parks -- Horizon Hill, Monroe Street, North Farm and Potomac Woods -- will be completed by late fall, according to John Hayes of the city park staff. The parks will be paid for with city and state money.
Funds for a fifth facility, Rockmead Park, have not been approved by the council.
Each park will feature a fitness trail, play equipment for children, benches and landscaping. In addition, the North Farm Park will have a volleyball and basketball court.
The Monroe Street Park, geared to elderly residents, will have outdoor chess tables.
In other action, the council referred to the city planning commission a measure that would prohibit liquor stores and other establishments selling alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption from opening in neighborhood shopping centers. Consumption of alcohol in any restaurant or delicatessen would not be affected. A public hearing will be held in a few months.
Mayor William E. Hanna Jr. has said repeatedly that the goal of the council is to keep consumption of alcohol out of Rockville's neighborhood shopping centers. Last summer, police made numerous arrests of youths at the Burgundy Shopping Center on Baltimore Road, where off-premises alcohol consumption is now permitted.
The council also voted to fund a $369,800 project to enlarge the entrance and improve the facade of the Civic Center complex auditorium on Edmonston Drive.