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County Executive Announces Ground Breaking at Lake Waterford Park Adaptive Recreation Athletic Complex

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a "Name the Field" contest

Annapolis, Maryland (March 29, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the County’s first athletic field dedicated to adaptive recreation. The event is planned for Wednesday, March 31st at 4:00 p.m. at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena.

"Having a sports complex dedicated to our therapeutic population is an exciting endeavor," County Executive John R. Leopold said. "This state-of-the-art facility will provide a venue for the County’s disabled athletes of all ages to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities."

The new adaptive recreation athletic field is designed as a baseball field with a multipurpose field overlay, which will be covered with a rubberized, wheelchair accessible surface. The field will be utilized for the Department of Recreation and Parks adaptive recreation programs and accommodate a variety of activities, to include baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and other fun activities and events. The design of the facility also includes a 15’ x 50’ foot covered pavilion, which will serve as an outdoor classroom, dugout, and gathering place for "after the game" parties. ADA parking and pathways will be installed to provide a high level of accessibility.

Other organizations having access to the field include the Board of Education, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, Special Olympics Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues and the Handicapped Athletic Program of Anne Arundel County.

The new adaptive recreation athletic field needs a name, and that is where County residents can help. County Executive John R. Leopold and the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks are holding a "Name the Field" contest. The name needs to reflect the spirit of the complex, where differences are celebrated and all athletes, regardless of ability, are welcome.

Contest entries should be submitted online at www.aacounty.org/recparks or by mail to 1 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, Attention: Field Naming Contest no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14th. Please do not enter any name that is copyrighted. The winning entry will be selected by Frank Marzucco, Director of Recreation and Parks, and will be honored at the facility’s grand opening in June 2010.


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