by Amy Roswurm
Located along Fulks Farm Road in East Village, residents will find Patsy E. Huson Ballfield. This park is named for Patsy Huson, who had a tremendous impact on girls’ sports teams in Montgomery Village in the early 1970s by becoming the girls’ basketball commissioner and organizing girls’ softball. The field was dedicated in Huson’s name in 1992 to honor her contributions to girls’ sports programs within the Village.
Huson was also a long-time Village resident and employee of Montgomery Village Foundation. After moving to the Village in 1970, she quickly become involved as a volunteer in the community. That transitioned into full-time employment in the Department of Recreation. From there she moved into covenant enforcement, community management and eventually, MVF’s top position as Executive Vice President (EVP). After retiring in 1992, she returned to the role of EVP twice more on a temporary basis while searches were conducted for other EVPs.
This 5.49-acre park offers a wonderful ballfield—an appropriate choice given Huson’s influence on softball in the Village. She was even given the honor of throwing the first ever pitch on the field. The park is connected to Lake Marion Community Center via an asphalt path that can take users all the way around Lake Marion itself. Patsy Huson Ballfield hosts a variety of fall sports programs including T-ball and soccer. New this year, MVF is also running a flag football program starting in September, which will practice at Patsy Huson Ballfield.
In addition to the MVF sports programs found at Patsy Huson Ballfield, the field is also available for team rentals. Information on renting the field can be found online at www.montgomeryvillage.com.