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Virginia Highlands Park: Put the Public Back in Our Public Park

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Two softball fields on the west side of Virginia Highlands Park occupy 3.5 acres that are closed to the public. Arlington County is planning to renovate the west side. YOU can help decide how that should be done.

  • The fields are unused about 300 days per year.
  • In season, they are used only a few hours per day, a few days a week.
  • The two softball fields occupy 20% of the park.

We believe our public parks should be public and should meet the needs of a growing urban community. 

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TODAY. Tell the Arlington County Board you want them to open up the west side of Virginia Highlands Park to meet community needs by:

  1. Removing the fence from at least one field at the end of the fall 2017 softball season and open the space for public use.
  2. Conducting a public, community-wide planning process led by an independent expert on public spaces.
  3. Ensuring that the redevelopment is aligned with the community’s needs as identified in the public review.

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Some facts about Virginia Highlands Park:

  1. When Pentagon City was built, this parkland was granted as a community benefit to offset increased density.
  2. Dedicated athletic fields and courts have since crowded out open space for community use.
  3. The two softball fields occupy 20% of the park.
  4. The fields are unused about 300 days per year.
  5. In season, they are used only a few hours per day.
  6. The neighborhood has urbanized and the population has doubled since the fields were built.
  7. Aurora Highlands Civic Association voted unanimously to seek more community parkland in Virginia Highlands Park.
  8. The County has never publicly reviewed the uses of the entire park or the needs of the community.

Here are some ideas for the park. What about yours?

  1. Unprogrammed green space open for everyone at all times
  2. Large community spaces for family-friendly, age-diverse casual activities
  3. Event spaces for movie nights, performances, and much more
  4. Canine community area
  5. Gardens
  6. Plenty of seating options
  7. Natural and wooded areas
  8. Walking/jogging paths
  9. Water and/or art features
  10. Contemplative and quiet spaces
  11. Picnic spaces

 



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