by Lisa Tome
Clyde VanDyke, County Director of Parks and Recreation, wants to make it clear why he pushed for a synthetic turf field at Perryville High School.
"Prioritizing High Schools for the synthetic turf field installs were based on the following five criteria: overall condition of existing playing service, overall condition of equipment/amenities, geographical location based on department programming regionalization efforts, current stormwater facility capacity levels, and geographical proximity to Calvert Regional Park.
"After visitations and analysis criteria evaluation, Perryville High School was selected as the first school to be completed. With the deteriorating condition of the entire facility, the current scheduled stormwater project and its distance from Calvert Regional Park, Perryville became the leading candidate," he said.
He is also planning for the future. VanDyke is working to spread the reach of Parks and Rec. "We don't have a park south of Route 40 because we don't have facilities. If we purchase south of 40 along Route 213, we'll be within 10 miles of every household in the county. With the existing park facilities we'll be within 10 miles of everyone," he said. If the turf field is approved, construction will start in July and wrap up in mid September.
Cecil County Parks and Recreation is in the process of negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the school system. "We are in the middle of the MOU now. This will enhance their facilities more. We will use their facilities and they will use ours more. It will be a partnership and Parks and Rec. will manage third party use. This summer we should have a deal," VanDyke said.