• Petitioned Arlington County Board

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Arlington County Board

Approve and fund a lighted synthetic field at Williamsburg Middle School

    1. Petition by

      Arlington Soccer Association

We, the undersigned, support placing a lighted synthetic rectangular athletic field on the grounds of Williamsburg Middle School as part of the overall restoration of the site following construction of the new elementary school project. The WMS athletic fields currently serve a large and rapidly growing population of youth soccer players who live in northwest Arlington. The new elementary school will reduce the current scope of the existing fields at WMS, while increasing usage during school hours. Without synthetic turf, the grass fields, which are already stressed, will not survive the usage. At the same time, lighting a synthetic field will extend use and make up for lost field space. The Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation estimates that a lighted synthetic field can sustain five times the overall use of an unlighted grass field.

We are sensitive to the concerns of the local community. We believe that a lighted field at WMS should be limited to youth sports programming and have a curfew of 9:30 pm. The new parking lot for the elementary school will more than adequately service a lighted synthetic field, keeping cars from parking along the street and providing a suitable area for drop-off and pick-up. The central field at WMS would not directly abut any homes in the neighborhood. Dark sky lighting technology would limit any spillover from the field lighting.

A lighted synthetic field at WMS would serve the local neighborhood, become an attractive amenity for families with children, and enhance physical education and sports opportunities at both WMS and the new elementary school.

To:
Arlington County Board
Approve and fund a lighted synthetic field at Williamsburg Middle School

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ian Davis-Hoff ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      the field is in terrible shape, bermuda grass cannot be grown

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    • Alexander Lee ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Hope the new fields will be used by other sports besides soccer...

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    • Ann Timmons ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I remember many youth soccer games on dusty and muddy fields at Williamsburg. I also remember how cancellation of games due to wet conditions created havoc in the family schedules of all players. Life became so much better, our time easier to manage, when the kids "grew up" and played on turf. Let's give stressed parents of little ones a break and give them turf they can count on!

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    • James Finley ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      My three children grew up in this neighborhood and all played soccer. We would have loved to have synthetic fields with lights in this area. There is so much need across the County for this amenity, please vote to add these fields.

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    • Alexander Sun ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am married gay citizen. I am not allowed to marry or adopt as a couple in this state, including this county. I have no children in this state or county. But I pay my taxes willingly to support public education and sacrifice that portion of my income even though the state discriminates against me and I will never be the beneficiary to elementary school spending. So I have little sympathy for people who want to sacrifice providing opportunities to children at the altar of the NIMBY temple.

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