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Some Parks, Fields Closed for Winter

by Katie Pyzyk | December 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | 2,281 views | 23 Comments

Signs are popping up in some Arlington County parks telling patrons to play elsewhere. The signs simply read “Field Closed” — but there are no other measures to keep residents away from that portion of the park. So what gives?

Department of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Susan Kalish said workers post the signs in some of the county’s sports fields and parks during the winter to allow the turf to rest. The signs are intended to discourage larger gatherings and sports games on the affected fields.

“It’s not like we don’t want people walking through the areas, but we want to discourage pick-up soccer games and things that could stress the grass,” said Kalish.

Kalish said because grass doesn’t grow at this time of year, any damage that would be done to turf during the winter wouldn’t be able to begin mending until spring. Preventing winter damage from occurring in the first place cuts down on the amount of mending necessary in the spring.

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  • Douglas Parker

    “but we want to discourage pick-up soccer games and things that could stress the grass…” from the Department of Parks and RECREATION. Emphasis on the latter.

    I’ve seen it all.

    • Greenie

      Or you just failed to read the whole article, or comprehend it.

      “Kalish said because grass doesn’t grow at this time of year, any damage that would be done to turf during the winter wouldn’t be able to begin mending until spring. Preventing winter damage from occurring in the first place cuts down on the amount of mending necessary in the spring.”

      • novasteve

        Then Maybe it should be renamed to the Department of Parks and Landscaping ??

  • South Side Chris

    I’m getting a few shirts made with that sign on them. If the grass gets to take winter off due to stress concerns, then so should I.

  • Wilbur

    In other news, the sun rose this morning…. Birds fly….. Christmas is next week…. Today is thursday (really????? This is news????)

  • DarkHeart

    How do they decide whether to put down the white tarp or just put up a sign?

  • YTK

    OMG there is actually grass growing in a field in Arlington!? Next thing you know they will tell us that there are still some trees left in Arlington.

    • Taylor

      Don’t worry, I’m sure there’s some plan to convert that grass into an “Urban Village Pavillion” with brick pavers and some silly public art sculpture.

  • Skins Fan

    I worked for the Arlington parks for 10 years and I put many of those signs up each year. It’s a joke!!! People didn’t pay any attention to them.

    • Hilariousness

      Why would they go to that trouble for such a “joke”? It’s not even funny. This is really how DPR spends my tax dollars? On jokes that only a few people even get?

      Ha ha. Lower my taxes and stop wasting my money just so you and your buddies can get your stupid laughs around the DPR office.

      • Josh S

        Typical ARLNow comment thread – someone notes that this is not news and completely benign while others somehow find reason to complain about high taxes and bonds.
        Is Katie new to Arlington? This happens every year. Completely not noteworthy.

      • drax

        Sigh.

        By “joke” he means it is a futile act because people ignore it. Not that it’s some kind of prank. Jesus, dude, did you actually think he meant they are playing a joke? You should read every post twice, slowly.

  • drax

    “OMG there is actually grass growing in a field in Arlington!? Next thing you know they will tell us that there are still some trees left in Arlington.”

    “I worked for the Arlington parks for 10 years and I put many of those signs up each year. It’s a joke!!! People didn’t pay any attention to them.”

    Hmmm. These two seem connected….

  • NoVapologist

    November 2013 – $850mn bond referendum for conversion of County fields to artificial turf.

  • Martha

    That explains why the bocce court will be built with an oyster shell semipermeable surface. Grass stress!

  • soccer parent

    Tarp vs no tarp is based on the type of grass.

    If we put turf down on all fields then we can stop wasting money putting up these signs

    • brown before green

      If we put artificial turf down on all the fields then the terrorists have won.

  • ddub

    No doubt, they drove trucks on the field to put up the signs

    • drax

      Oh sure, no doubt at all.

  • Confused

    Does no one else interpret “we want to discourage pick-up soccer games” to mean “we want to discourage immigrant latinos”?

    • Jackfan

      Right…because no white kids play soccer. Nice stretch there to make this something controversial. Smdh…

    • Wilbur

      Head in the ground much??? How many astro turf fields as ArlCo built, that are open year round. Have U been to Long Branch park. Ah. Oh, I get it. You are making dumb ass comments about parks and Arlco…. but you dont actually use the Arlco park system (or you would know how much Astro turf there is)

    • drax

      No, nobody interprets it that way.

      Besides, a county that wanted to keep out latinos wouldn’t build all those soccer fields in the first place. Or do all the other things it does for latinos.

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