Outdoor sports are extremely popular in Bowie and the City provides many places where teams can practice and play games. Bowie's ballfields are regularly maintained by the Parks and Grounds Division.
Of the 57 City owned fields, there are 36 soccer/lacrosse/kickball fields, 17 softball and baseball fields, two football fields, and two football practice fields. In addition, there are 8 school baseball infields maintained by the City, which brings the total number of ballfields maintained by the Parks and Grounds Division to 65. The City does not, however, maintain fields owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission or other Board of Education fields.
The fields are in use from March through November. The baseball fields are raked and lined three times a week and soccer/ lacrosse fields are prepared two times each week. The Parks and Grounds Division is also responsible for repairing fences, backstops, bases, and goals on City fields. They repair worn turf areas with topsoil, place additional infield mix on baseball/softball fields, and groom and drag the synthetic fields. They perform all turf grass development, over-seeding, sodding, fertilization, and all pesticide applications on all developed turf areas.
Parks and Grounds Division is also responsible for the erection and maintenance of ballfield structures. These include goals, backstops, dugouts, batting cages, benches, and bleachers.
In order to ensure well maintained ballfields, on occasion it is necessary to close fields for an extended time for maintenance of the fields. In July 2013, the Huston soccer field was closed for turf maintenance and preparation for the soccer season. In August 2013, BlacksoxPark was closed for several weeks for sod replacement and so the fields could be professionally laser graded.
In order to keep these ballfields safe and in good condition, it is also sometimes necessary to close fields because of wet or muddy conditions. When this happens, information is posted on the Ballfield Status page of this website and the operating status of these ballfields is also recorded on the Ballfield Status telephone line, which is updated daily no later than 4:15 p.m. (Call 301-262-6200 and follow the prompts).
To report a problem at a City maintained ballfield, please contact Diane Griffin-Plubell in the Parks & Grounds Division at 301-809-2353.