Town's dream of fields comes true Baseball diamonds, areas for other sports are to open in 1998

June 21, 1996

The county will begin carving baseball diamonds and fields for football, soccer and lacrosse out of an 80.51 acre tract on Davidsonville Road at 9: 30 a.m. today, when officials break ground for the Crofton Athletic Complex.

When the nearly $3.4 million project is complete in spring 1998, it will ease scheduling problems for the Crofton Athletic Council, said Jay A. Cuccia, spokesman for the Department of Recreation and Parks.

The council, which sponsors sports teams for about 3,500 youngsters, will be the main user of the three baseball diamonds and four multipurpose fields. Two diamonds and two fields will be lighted.

Crofton teams now play on county-owned fields at Crofton Middle School and at Crofton Park, which has one lighted baseball field.

Some soccer and lacrosse teams have to share fields for practice with one or two other teams, said Pat Dunbar, facilities chairman for Crofton Athletic Council.

"Now a team will be able to practice on its own field," he said.

Crofton Civic Association board President Edwin F. Dosek, who began seeking property for new fields four years ago, is anxious to see the project completed.

"It's great," Dosek said of the groundbreaking. "But we've been on this project for three or four years. They can build the Ravens stadium in no time. [Owner Jack Kent] Cooke's going to build his Redskins stadium before we get to use these fields."

The park, on the west side of Davidsonville Road south of the Arundel Volunteer Fire Company, will include a restroom, a storage building and a playground. The athletic coun- cil will soon begin a campaign to raise $40,000 to $50,000 to install an underground sprinkler system for the new fields, Dunbar said.

The county purchased the land for $1.2 million in January 1995.

Baltimore contractors Melvin Benhoff & Sons Inc. will grade the land and plant the fields by fall in the $1.3 million first phase. Backstops, benches, fences and lights will be installed next year for about $2 million, Cuccia said.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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