Arlington and GWU to Discuss Barcroft Enhancements

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.