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New Sprayground Hours in Effect

by ARLnow.com July 19, 2010 at 11:19 am 2,297 3 Comments

The county has revised its sprayground park hours after receiving complaints from parents.

This year, budget cuts force the parks department to reduce Monday through Thursday summer hours from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Now, the hours have been revised to make sure parents have the option of using the parks in the morning, before the heat of the day reaches its peak.

Now, park hours will alternate between 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Each park will still be closed one day per week.

The new park hours took effect July 17.

The county has three sprayground parks: Drew Park, Hayes Park, and Lyon Village Park.

  • Let’s Be Free

    It is a travesty that there is any cutback at all for the sprayparks. The water features are turned on and off by automatic timer — no staffing — so the expense is low (electricity and water). The savings are minimal. Yet the County pours untold millions of dollars down consulting and public relations contract rat holes.

    In so-called “progressive” Arlington Country the outdoor pools for summer frolic are are private, upscale clubs in the North. These exlusive private clubs were opened and built by cooperatives that formed when the populous didn’t want to build public pools, lest they be integrated by the force of law. Other truly progressive jurisdictions built outdoor public pools then or since — not Arlington.

  • TuesdayChild

    Build outdoor pools. We should have had a referendum on that topic.

  • Local

    I’m glad there was a change to the hours; however, as my wife and I both work, and have 3 kids under 4 – it would have been nice to see weekend hours start earlier at least one of the days, so the kids could play before their naps and keep them out of the strong sun.


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