Calvert Regional Park Welcomed More Than 10,000 For Weekend Lacrosse Tourneys
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2017
North East, MD. -- If you happened to be in the area of Calvert Regional Park this past weekend, you might have noticed the enormous crowd and heavier-than-normal traffic. With back-to-back lacrosse tournaments scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, the recreational facility, managed by Cecil County Parks and Recreation, welcomed more than 10,000 players and fans and over 100 teams to the area.
Prime Time Girls Lacrosse, featuring 82 teams from California, Florida, Ohio, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and the Delmarva region, utilized 11 of the 12 available fields at Calvert Park throughout the day on Saturday. Seven thousand athletes and spectators poured into the facility with the tournament bringing in an estimated $9,000 to the general fund.
Calvert Park hosted a 30-team tourney from Top of the Bay Lacrosse, based out of Churchville, Maryland, on Sunday. This event brought in 3,000 visitors from the area including teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and contributed another $8,700.
"Although exhausting, it was very exciting to bring athletes and their families from all of these states together at Calvert Regional Park. The magnitude of large tournaments like these plays a huge part in putting Cecil County on the map," explained Clyde Van Dyke, Director of Cecil County Parks and Recreation.
"With more than 10,000 people visiting this weekend, staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants and shopping in our stores, plus the vendors that we had at the fields, it was just an all-around good weekend for parks and recreation, tourism and our local economy," Van Dyke added.
There is one more tournament -- a make-up event that was rescheduled due to a tropical storm in late October -- on the calendar for the 2017 season. On November 19th, Victory Boys Lacrosse is slated to host 60-104 teams on 17 county fields, five of which will be located at neighboring Rising Sun High School. Van Dyke expects up to 10,000 additional people in the county that weekend as well.
After that, the Calvert Regional Park playing fields will be closed for the season for regular maintenance and repairs but will reopen again in mid-April 2018. Cecil County Parks and Recreation is already scheduling tournaments and events for June and July.
Attachment: Aerial view of Calvert Regional Park. Photo: Van Funk; Pilot: Chief Richard Brooks
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