Facility may ease shortage of arenas Ground will be broken for Owings Mills center for youth league use

August 18, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In a move that could help ease the shortage of recreational facilities in northwestern Baltimore County, a local developer said yesterday that ground would be broken this week for a 40,000-square-foot indoor sports arena in the Reisterstown area.

The Owings Mills Sports Arena at 12400 Glynowings Drive is scheduled to open Jan. 23 for the second session of indoor winter soccer, developers say.

The arena will feature two artificial-turf fields, a sports grill, a video arcade and an office for a sports medicine practitioner.

Developer David Gonzales said he expects the $1.8 million facility also will be used by lacrosse, field hockey and volleyball leagues.

The county's limited number of indoor soccer facilities has had some teams scrambling for playing fields. Some youngsters stay up late on school nights waiting their turn to play. The youngest often play their games in elementary school gymnasiums.

County officials, acknowledging the shortage of recreational facilities, have encouraged private-sector development. In 1996, a factory in White Marsh was converted to a complex of indoor soccer and lacrosse fields.

Soccer players in the area also use Perring Racquet Club, south of Parkville, and Maryland Sports Arena in Edgewood. An estimated 4,000 children in White Marsh and Perry Hall play soccer.

The shortage of arenas extends beyond Baltimore County. In neighboring Howard County, officials submitted a proposal last year to convert 12 acres on the southwest side of Alpha Ridge Landfill near Marriottsville into soccer fields. The plan called for six fields off Sand Hill Road near Interstate 70.

Pub Date: 8/18/98

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