Rockville’s First Soccer Goals
By Julie Palakovich Carr, Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation Board member
The first permanent soccer goals in Rockville were recently installed in Maryvale Park, thanks to the financial support of the Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation's Ken Peifer Memorial Sports Fund.
Rockville did not previously have a dedicated soccer field. The Recreation and Parks
Department’s Strategic Plan identifies the need for at least four additional rectangular fields to
meet current demand. The addition of these goals not only provides a dedicated place to
play the most popular game in the world, but also helps to bring the neighborhood together
where memories will be made, and community connections will be fostered.
“Every child should have the opportunity to play the sport they love. The new soccer field gives Rockville youth the ability to play soccer, which they couldn’t previously do,” said Marilyn Peifer, Foundation board member.
Among the youth that will benefit are participants in the Latino Youth Development Program. The program targets low-income Latino male students in middle or high school and provides team-orientated activities, physical exercise, and other supports.
“My husband Ken loved soccer and it is an honor to his memory to be able to make this field with permanent goals a reality,” said Peifer. The Ken Peifer Memorial Sports Fund within the Foundation was established in 2010 to honor her husband’s legacy as the Sports Supervisor for the City of Rockville from 1972 to 1978. The Fund supports programs and equipment to assist disadvantaged kids to participate in the City of Rockville sports programs.
The dedication of the soccer goals was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by City Councilmember Monique Ashton, Foundation members, Rockville staff, and community members.
Maryvale Park is located in the East Rockville neighborhood. The soccer field is closest to the park entrance on Crabb Avenue, with street parking available on nearby First Street and McArthur Drive. All community members are welcome to make use of the soccer field.