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Arlington and GWU to Discuss Barcroft Enhancements

by ARLnow.com | June 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | 1,936 views | 24 Comments

Improvements could be coming to the main baseball field at Barcroft Park.

The Arlington County Parks Department is in talks with George Washington University, which uses the field for its baseball team’s home games, to fund new turf and other amenities, like restrooms, concession stands, a press box and a scoreboard. Upgrades to the existing field lights are not part of the discussion, the parks department said.

In exchange for use of the field, GWU currently is responsible for its routine maintenance, upkeep and improvements.

“Support from GWU to enhance the field is consistent with the Barcroft Park Master Plan, approved by the County Board in 1999,” the parks department said in a statement. “The County’s Sports Commission has been interested in securing GWU’s financial support for the renovation and upgrade of this field for many years and will be part of the process to develop the specifics of any partnership with GWU. This and similar partnerships allow the County to draw on non-tax dollars to upkeep and renovate community amenities.”

A public forum will be held next week to discuss the plan. The meeting will be held at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford Street) on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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  • tron

    Insert obligatory comment about Bishop O’Connell lights here.

    • G

      Ok…My condo is next to this field and the lights don’t seem to bother anyone… and they are NCAA level lights.

      • doodly

        “Next to” means right up against it? Or about how far away?

        • G

          About 50 meters. The lights are taller than the trees so the lights can easily be seen from our lot and from the windows of all the units facing the field. If you look at the map they are the buildings NW of the field.. right next to it.

          • Josh S

            Yes, but which came first – the lights or the condos? If it’s the lights, then people knew what to expect when buying the condo and so no argument about a reduction in quality of life can be made, unlike at Bishop O’Connell.

            Also, I think you can argue that the character of the neighborhood along Four Mile Run is different than in the Tuckahoe neighborhood – 4MR includes a DMV, a rec center, various businesses, etc.

  • wilbur

    Oh. Great. Just what we need. Upgrade more Arlington Sports Facilities… so that non-arlingtons can use it.

    Arlington funded the Ballston Iceplex. The Ballston Iceplex is on Arlington Property. Does the Ballston Iceplex host an Arlington Youth Hockey Club (a real one – a member of the Capital Beltway Hockey League). Nope. Ice time goes to a Tier 1 youth hockey club where 99% of the members are not from Arlington. Ice Time goes to college teams outside of Arlington. Ballston Iceplex is the ONLY ice rink in the area without a Tier II Youth Hockey Travel team. But hey that’s okay, why should the rink support local youth when it was financed with local dollars.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      Yea, so my huge tax bill isn’t enough to fund adequate parks and rec, we need to farm out maintenance so AC residents no longer get primary use of facilities. Just like giving up EFC parking lots to developers and sidewalks to buisness’s.

      • bb

        I’m a bit confused. ARLNow says up front:

        “Upgrades to the existing field lights are not part of the discussion, the parks department said.”

        Then it says:

        “In exchange for use of the field, GWU currently is responsible for its routine maintenance, upkeep and improvements.”

        So who (the County, GW, or both?) is claiming that the lights aren’t an “improvement” that GW will (apparently) not be paying for?

        “This and similar partnerships allow the County to draw on non-tax dollars to upkeep and renovate community amenities.”

        So is GW threatening to pull out if they don’t get the county to pay for the light upgrade?

        • Clarification

          The only upgrades being done are “to fund new turf and other amenities, like restrooms, concession stands, a press box and a scoreboard.” All it says is that lights are not part of the upgrade. They are keeping the existing lights.

  • Lou

    What is the “main” field at Barcroft these days? Still the one closest to George Mason?

    The one in the picture looks like one of the Little League fields.

    • G

      Diamond #5

    • FrenchyB

      Yes, the westernmost field by George Mason Drive.

  • ArlForester

    There should be no issue with this being approved. GW is not a Catholic school.

    • Lou

      Heh. Far, far from it.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        That’s the truth, Lou!

  • BerryBerryCold

    The Bishop O’Connell lawyers are loving this.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I’ll bet they are.

    • Hikin’ the pike

      +100

    • CrankyMom

      Not really, since the school was told to go ahead with similar enhancements on their property.

  • James

    They need to fund the improvement of the outfields in the parks around here for softball.

    The fields are getting really bad and they charge far too much money for them to not be in better shape.

    • ArlForester

      Don’t slide on the infields without pants either.

      • James

        That’s why I wear long socks..only way to slide. =)

  • TGEoA

    Considering that Catholicism has been the biggest perpetrator of anti semitism, I find the irony of this statement delicious.

    • TooEasy

      The stupidity of that ^^statement is ironic.

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