Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Jordan Field
From Cows to Games, Fireworks & Festivals
Upon his retirement the farmland was sold and divided into plots for home on Hodges Heights for public facilities. On the hill overlooking this field Montgomery County built Takoma Park Junior High. The school opened in 1939.
The logical place for the school's athletic field was the pasture below the hill. Brashears Run was forced into a culvert, and laborers piled tons of dirt over it to raise the elevation. Numerous rocks worked their way to the surface, though, and during Lee Jordan's long tenure as a sports organizer and coach he could be regularly seen raking the field smooth.
By the time the field was named for him in 1981 it had become not only the site of frequent games but also a gathering place for community festivities. On July Fourth evenings the sky was lit by fireworks. A Turkey Trot took place at Thanksgiving time. On snowy days families raced sleds down the long hillside.
At Lee Jordan's suggestion the first Takoma Park Folk Festival was held
The current school building, now Takoma Park Middle, was erected in 1997-1998 and the field underwent and extensive renovation at the same time. It remains a scene of almost constant activity.
Support for this project was provided by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
Erected 2014 by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
Location. 38° 59.185′ N, 77° 0.786′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Piney Branch Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Lee Jordan Field just north of Takoma Park Middle School. Marker is in this post office area: Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Jordan (here, next to this marker); Takoma Park Veterans Memorial Sligo Creek Waterworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Presidents Tree" (approx. half a mile away); Belle Ziegler Park (approx. half a mile away); Living in Takoma Park (approx. half a mile away); The Metropolitan Branch and Takoma Park (approx. half a mile away); Walt Penney Field (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Sports •
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