Park to Provide Expanded Cricket League

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that renovation efforts will begin this month at Schooley Mill Park in Highland to establish Howard County’s only regulation cricket field. The new field, roughly 300 feet in diameter, overlays two existing multi-purpose fields currently in need of repair and will allow the new Howard County Cricket League to double its team capacity. To maintain the broadest usage, the new design allows the original multi-purpose fields to remain available independently, when not scheduled for cricket.

“During the last few years, we observed a demonstrated need among our diverse population in Howard County and the surrounding area to incorporate the #2 international sport into our County’s Recreation and Parks programs, so we looked for options,” County Executive Ulman said. “Schooley Mill was the most effective location to enhance the existing fields without giving up any facilities or dedicating additional county property, especially based on the field size required. Since the current fields already needed maintenance to remain usable, this solution meant we could upgrade the facility and accommodate more community interests at the same time.”

The project, approved unanimously by the County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board in June, involves re-grading the existing fields, 4 and 5, to a single level and other necessary facility and infrastructure improvements including sidewalks and drainage solutions for storm water management, as well as placing the 22 yard-long, rectangular cricket “pitch” in open space between these fields. This renovation schedule and the availability of other suitable facilities allowed for little or no disruption to current programs at the park. Work is expected to be completed later this year in preparation for an expanded spring season of the county adult league.

Originally formed in 2009, the Howard County Cricket League debuted as an official County program this past spring with nearly 400 players using non-regulation fields at Meadowbrook Park. A total of 12 teams are currently competing in the Fall season scheduled from mid-August to the end of October. Team registration for the Spring 2013 season, played from April to July, will open in November on the county’s website,

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