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Parks Closed Due to Light Pole Concerns

by ARLnow.com March 9, 2011 at 8:21 am 2,830 8 Comments

Utah Park, in Fairlington, and the upper fields at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, in Arlington Heights, will be closed for at least a three weeks due to problems found with the light poles at each.

“During a regular inspection, it was found that the light poles… need to be replaced to maintain a safe environment for our community,” said Arlington County Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Susan Kalish. “Our goal is to start as soon as weather provides a couple weeks of no rain and 50-degree weather.”

The work will take two to four weeks depending on the weather, Kalish said.

“The goal is to have the fields available in time for the sports season beginning April 15,” she said.

  • Chris

    Does anybody know if this also applies to the Dog Park at Utah Park?

    • Wil

      The Dogpark will not be affected by the work on the Softball field.

  • LyonSteve

    “Our goal is to start as soon as weather provides a couple weeks of no rain and 50-degree weather.”

    Going to be a while until this park opens if they need a couple of weeks of *no* rain.

    • Lou

      Sounds like they need to replace the concrete bases that the poles attach to. Good luck finding a couple weeks without rain the springtime.

  • Arlwhenever

    The light poles at the TJ tennis courts are also rusted out hulks on their last legs. It’s beyond me why Parks and Rec didnt’t replace all the lights when they rehabbed the lower field — got to be less expensive to do it that when than to chunk it out in three projects over a few years.

    • LyonSteve

      Gotta justify those inflated budgets.

  • NArl

    I guess its good that its southside cause i’m sure the neighbors would complain about the lights in the park northside.

  • After making an inquiry, Arl. Soccer Ass’n has learned that the TJ field will NOT be closed during the repairs–it will still be available for practices during this period (once the County opens its grass fields later in March).


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