Herring Run update: 4/23/10

This morning I found a list of guidelines used in Montgomery County for field usage:

Field use guidelines

  • No M-NCPPC athletic field may be exclusively permitted during the period from December 1 through March 31, except as related to use of recreation centers or special permitted events.
  • Fields must be vacated by dark.
  • To be valid, the permit must be on site in the possession of the permitted group or individual during the permitted time. (A game schedule will serve as a permit for the Department of Recreation or leagues.)
  • The permit is for the sole use of the team named on the permit form and is not transferable.
  • Loud music, bands, or excessive noise which disturbs the peace is prohibited.
  • Permitholders are required to see that players adhere to all park regulations, including:
    • No Beer or alcohol allowed;
    • No Urinating or changing clothes in public;
    • No Loud noises permitted (boom boxes, horns, car alarms);
    • no littering (trash must be picked up and carried out).
    • The use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is not permitted on the benches, playing areas, and those areas in proximity to the playing field;
    • No selling of food, beverages or merchandise without a concession permit;
    • Carpooling is requested and parking is allowed in designated parking areas only.
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Use of an athletic field is prohibited when:
    • A steady rain is falling
    • A lightening or electrical storm is occurring
    • Water is standing on the field
    • One-half inch of rain or more has fallen within the previous 24 hours
    • The ground is muddy and soil clumps or clings to shoes
    • The ground feels “spongy” and/or soil is frozen

This is such a simple addition, but it provides an instant remedy to those of us living near the park who are dealing with the aftermath of weekend soccer tournaments & parties in the parking area. There is also a concessions permit needed, which had not occurred to me, but makes perfect sense. I can’t even count the number of times I have found huge mounds of trash, full of chicken bones that are magnets to the animals in the park.
So what’s is going on here, why are these fields littered every weekend, year after year? Why doesn’t the city stop issuing permits to those who consistently trash the fields? Can it be true that I am the first person to complain about this? I can’t believe that.
Is there anyone else out there who has complained to the city about the fields at Herring Run? What was your experience? Any ideas, or suggestions?
I see this as not just a problem, but potentially a way to generate a little more income for the Parks Dept., and ultimately the city. We can be writing contracts that include concessions fees as well as littering fines. I know our new Parks Director knows all about this because he’s from Montgomery County.
So let me hear from you!

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