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For Immediate Release: 2/20/2013
Statement by County Executive Ike Leggett On Soccer Fields for Montgomery Families On Brickyard Road Site

“I today wrote to the Montgomery County Public Schools to inform them we are terminating our sublease with them to use the 20 acres of public land on Brickyard Road to construct soccer fields for County kids.

“I strongly believe public land should be used for public purposes, not for private commercial gain. Montgomery County families need more soccer fields, especially Down County. Under the Potomac Master Plan, this tract was specifically mentioned to be used for recreational uses and ballfields, if not used for a school. This sublease would have fulfilled that.

“I want to thank the hundreds of people who supported this project, including individuals on Brickyard Road itself. I want to thank Montgomery Soccer Inc., our would-be partner in this valuable public-private partnership, for caring so deeply about finding places for kids to develop themselves, physically and mentally.

“I will continue my support for finding additional options to expand ballfields in the County and to uphold the public interest of Montgomery families.”

Release ID: 13-003

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