Debunking the false messaging:
If you’ve been directed here from a mass emailing saying,“[Parks4everyone] have proposed to eliminate 11 sports fields in Arlington …” Then you should know….You’ve been fed a misleading narrative…
Parks4everyone is demanding transparency from Arlington County and to ensure that internal data has been made part of a public and independent process.
WHY FIELD DATA IS NEEDED FOR ALL PARK AND RECREATIONAL USERS
Utilization data should easily help confirm the need for more fields. So sports groups should welcome an independent and transparent review of the field utilization data. Unfortunately, many have been fed a false narrative about an effort to remove NEEDED fields– that’s just not true.
“Please do not bow to pressure from a few that are trying to strong arm the board into putting this decision to ‘independent evaluation” — Sports parent to the County Board
Internal reports and a review by outside expert consultants, hired by DPR, confirm that field scheduling and allocation have created, in large part, a public mis-perception field inventory issues. Utilization Data
No public review or process has contained the utilization and capacity data about these fields to date. However, the POPS plan requests that Arlington residents spend tens of millions on field maintenance, costly improvements without any data to support doing so. This is not the Arlington Way! All residents should have access to review the data about our park and recreational needs.