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Soccer wishes interfere with equestrian plans

January 08, 1998

Soccer wishes interfere with equestrian plans

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Washington County soccer supporters want Hagerstown officials to build eight soccer fields at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, but doing so would affect plans for other recreational facilities, officials said during a Tuesday night City Council work session.

Eight soccer fields would take up room planned for an equestrian center and four softball fields, said Doug Stull, the city's public works manager.

Jim Brown, chairman of the soccer committee, said he was trying to eliminate duplication by suggesting fairgrounds development focus on soccer to avoid having soccer fields built piecemeal around the county.

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Centralizing soccer fields would cut down on parents having to drive their kids from field to field during tournaments and would make administration easier, he said.

Soccer supporters also are getting impatient waiting for planned soccer fields at Independent Cement Corp. property that are supposed to be ready by 2004, Brown said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he understands Brown's logic, but that city officials want to provide a variety of recreational facilities at the fairgrounds for their constituents.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said city officials have made a commitment to equestrian supporters to provide facilities at the fairgrounds.

He said city officials would have to revisit the matter with equestrian officials.

Brown said there is an equestrian arena at the Washington County Agricultural Center that is not overused.

Soccer supporters also said they wanted an indoor soccer facility with two indoor fields.

There is room for such a facility, or a second ice rink next to the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, city officials said.

Soccer officials said about $94,000 a year could be generated in indoor soccer revenue between league and tournament fees.

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