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Update on Status of New Soccer Fields at Julius West MS (posted 9/25/19)

As most of you know, MSI has funded the development of vastly improved soccer fields at Julius West Middle School, including both synthetic turf and lights.  We look forward to all the kids enjoying many years of improved experience because of these superior surfaces!  These new fields already are being enjoyed by Julius West MS students, who no longer have physical education classes forced indoors due to unplayable field conditions, and we are excited to think about MSI kids and others joining them some day soon!

Even though these fields were completed weeks ago, MSI is not yet able to utilize these fields, while a required Memorandum of Understanding continues to be developed between MCPS and City of Rockville,  MSI has very little role in this process, other than being asked for usage information and encouraging all parties to keep the process moving.  There are counter-claims from both MCPS and City of Rockville, stating who is to blame.  MSI does not have an opinion as to who is to blame, and a note that went out to many MSI families informing them of the rescheduling of this weekend's games that had been hoped to be played at JWMS did not intend to place the "blame" on City of Rockville.  It simply stated that we must have City of Rockville usage approval before MSI use may proceed, and that the City of Rockville approval is not being provided until various issues are able to be agreed upon by MCPS and City of Rockville.

MSI looks forward to the day that even more kids will be able to enjoy these fields.  For those that are wondering, an important note is that the anticipated parking peak volume associated with MSI's intended use is no greater than our decades-long historic Saturday use of these fields.  The peak number of families and players involved will NOT increase, and will remain at the same levels with which there have been no problems with traffic or parking in the past (concerns that all parties, including MSI, have taken quite seriously).  This information, and much more, has been shared repeatedly at several public meetings, and at meetings of nearby civic associations that were attended by MSI representatives, as well.

Projected Access Time Frame:  Unfortunately, we do not project access until the end of the fall season.