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Planning Board to Decide Future Location of Cricket Field

Later this month the Montgomery County Planning Board will determine the location of the County’s first dedicated Cricket Field. Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is exploring park sites to create a new, dedicated cricket field in the northern area of the county.

The department will share more information about the need for such fields as well as other details at the July 30 Planning Board meeting. The public is invited to testify at the meeting.

Cricket is similar to baseball but is played on an oval-shaped field with a rectangular pitch in the center.

The Parks Department has been investigating the possibility of installing a dedicated cricket pitch for a few years. The population of Montgomery County has become more diverse over the past several years. People of different cultures and backgrounds are seeking new types of park amenities and programs, such as fields to play cricket, according to the Parks Department press release.

“We researched the sport of cricket to determine what types of fields and in what locations will best fit the needs of the cricket community,” said Brooke Farquhar, Montgomery Parks Planning Supervisor. “We are aiming to have two new dedicated fields in the I-270 Corridor by 2022.”

At a recent meeting of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board in Germantown, Project Coordinator Mark Wallis, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission said the Parks Department is looking at three sites in the Upcounty area to replace a temporary field at South Germantown Recreational Park. Possible locations include A new location within South Germantown Recreational Park, a proposed addition to Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park; and the future Boyds Local Park.