Multipurpose field planned in Gamber Cost is about $202,000 for the entire project

September 09, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Deer Park is getting a fourth multipurpose field in the last phase of development at the recreation center in Gamber.

"It should be playable in about a year and a half," said Don Smith, county recreation supervisor.

The cost is about $202,000 for the entire project, which includes 100 additional parking spaces, a one-eighth-mile road to the new field, and access ramps to the field and to the existing pavilion.

The field will not have lights.

"The majority of the cost is for seeding and grading to get the ground level," said Bruce Dutterer, park planner.

Softball and soccer teams will play on the 380-by-220-foot field in the spring and fall seasons.

"There is a demand for more soccer and softball fields everywhere in the county," said Dutterer.

The field will ease scheduling problems that have forced some Deer Park teams to play in Westminster, Smith said. At Deer Park, more than 600 children play soccer, 800 play baseball and several hundred play football and lacrosse.

Construction plans also call for widening and improving the main entrance on Deer Park Road and closing the narrow entrance from Route 32, where poor visibility creates unsafe conditions.

Grading will begin as soon as the contract is awarded. Two growing seasons are required after seeding for grass to get established.

"If we have a good growing season, we could be playing on the field in the the spring of 1998," said Smith.

Pub Date: 9/09/96

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