The Department of Parks and Recreation has ruled the all facilities in the parks must be kept open to all including youth batting cages and fields.
What will be the impact of this decision. We guess that means that the new homeless shelters will be at Washington-Lee and Yorktown High School batting cages. Per direction Parks, locks securing the Greenbrier and Quincy batting cages will be immediately removed to permit full public access.
The impact of this decision will be dramatic. The youth softball program, Arlington Girls Softball Association will be forced to remove valuable equipment from Greenbrier and Quincy. The impact will be significant to this program. Yorktown and Washington-Lee High School will have to disrupt their spring softball programs to find shelter for their equipment.
You have to wonder does anyone ever want to discuss before issuing edicts! These programs will recover, but no thanks to the bureaucracy.
The good news is that the Parks Department serves the Community. This is a policy decision that probably needs to be discussed further. If the Community disagrees with this decision or conversely agrees with it, make your thoughts known.