New MRMS Field Developed

In an effort to provide more athletic practice space for the county schools and youth sports, there will be a new practice field at Maury River Middle School. The hope is to have the field ready by next spring.

The field, located up the hill from the MRMS track, will first be used for soccer and lacrosse, primarily by middle school teams but also for other county schools and youth teams in the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization. Users of the field can access it by walking up a gravel road from the MRMS parking lot.

Randy Walters, director of transportation and maintenance for Rockbridge County Public Schools, said this is a good benefit for student-athletes. “Practice space around the county is at a premium,” said Walters. “Our hope is this will help us avoid having to bus kids around.”

Walters explained that the field is part of the school system’s capital improvement project, approved by the Rockbridge County School Board and the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors. He added that it took more than a year to get all the permits. “We’re a little late in the growing season, but we think with the sod option that we went with, it has taken root,” he said.

Perkins & Orrison Inc., which does land surveying, land planning and civil engineering, worked on the field with Hostetter Excavating, which laid the sod. “It’s really finished now,” said Russ Orrison, chief executive officer at Perkins, Inc. “The grass is growing, and these warm days are helping us.”

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