Tomorrow is the last day to reserve one of Bowie's many ballfields for the upcoming spring/summer season.

Any team that plans to use a field from April 1 through Aug. 31 must fill out an application between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 4 at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr.

The city recreation department, which allocates the fields, sets an early deadline each year because it receives so many requests for fields, according to Recreation Officer Debbie Yatsuk. She said any team that does not have its application in by deadline will not be considered except in case of a cancellation.

Bowie has about 40 fields. They are owned by the Board of Education, the county and the city.

"We have many more requests than we have fields," Yatsuk said. "And if people want to use a field, no matter who owns it, they have to go through us."

A field allocation meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5 of City Hall to let applicants know if their requests have been granted.

For more information, call 262-6200, ext. 3009.


The Mount Rainier City Council will consider at its Tuesday meeting whether to buy 1.7 acres of land at Chillum Road and Buchanan Street to build a new City Hall.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at City Hall, at 3409 Rhode Island Ave.

The land is owned by Prince George's County Swimming Pool Inc., which has offered to sell the land to the city for $100,000. The council has until Feb. 29 to decide.

The pool corporation's land, adjacent to Queenstown Apartments, is the second site the council has considered since city residents voted to relocate City Hall last May. The first site was the old Mount Rainier Junior High School, at 30th Street and Queens Chapel Road, which has been vacant since 1982. Buying space in the school is still an option for the council, but the city cannot occupy the school until it is renovated by the current owners, Miller Associates, an investment firm.

The firm has offered to start renovations by the end of the month if the council agrees to buy the space, said Bowie Mayor Stanley Prusch.

"The city needs a new City Hall very desperately," said Prusch. "It's up to the council to decide which is the cheapest, most efficient and best way to go.

"It's good to have alternatives," he said.

Miller Associates has offered 10,000 square feet of the school to the city for $650,000, plus condominium fees, Prusch said. The city would not be the only occupant.

If the city decides to purchase the 1.7-acre plot from the swimming pool company, it would be required to build a new hall, which city officials estimate would cost about $650,000.

Prusch said some of the cost may be paid by a state grant of $250,000 that will be given to the city if the city commits to building by June 30. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering extending that deadline to June 30, 1989 at Prusch's request.

The city also may get money for a new City Hall by selling the current City Hall, which has been assessed at $200,000. But no plans to sell the building have been made.