Director of Recreation and Parks Brian Loewe speaks at the ribbing cutting ceremony with the new fields and Lettie Marshal Dent E.S. in the background.

New Market, MD — Three new recreational fields will soon be available for use in the northern part of St. Mary’s County. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County June 9 cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the completion of the project.

The fields are directly behind Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School on Route 6 in New Market near the Route 5 intersection. The fields will be used for lacrosse, soccer and football practice. The football field is regulation-sized. The new fields are part of the existing Fifth District Park.

In a brief ceremony before the ribbon cutting., St. Mary’s County Director of Recreation and Park Brian Loewe said the planning for the new fields, which began in 2009, was in recognition by the then county commissioner board of the need for more recreational fields in that part of the county.

At the ceremony Commissioner President Randy Guy [R], an Air Force veteran, noted that one in four Air Force recruits are turned down because they are out of shape. He said that’s a reflection of the need for more physical activity for young people.
“We do need these recreational facilities for our people,” Guy said, adding, “It is part of doing business.”

Loewe said the project cost $645,000, all from the county. He said the construction bid was awarded to Jimmy Richards Construction in February of 2013. It was completed in the fall of 2014, but two growing seasons are necessary for it to be ready for play.

Things were delayed temporarily recently when the fields were damaged by a vehicle running over them. That damage has been remediated.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

Below: The ribbon cutting ceremony