Vote Yes on Park Bond

On Nov. 2, Arlington voters will have an opportunity to take a big step toward ending the county's long-standing lack of recreation facilities. The biannual park bond totals approximately $75 million and contains funds for several much-needed projects.

At the top of the list is $50 million for design and construction of the first phase of the North Tract park and recreation center. Other projects include the redevelopment of Greenbrier Park at Yorktown High School, Barcroft Park, Fairlington Community Center and Arlington Mill Community Center.

North Tract is a 28-acre former industrial site near the 14th Street Bridge that Arlington obtained at no cost. A citizen-led task force developed a detailed master plan for the area that includes a state-of-the-art aquatics and fitness facility; lighted, synthetic-grass athletic fields; walking trails; playgrounds; open gathering spaces; a bicycle trail; and a pedestrian bridge to the adjacent Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary. If voters approve the bond, parts of North Tract are expected to open by summer 2007.

Arlington is an increasingly dense urban community with an active and diverse population. The supply of recreation opportunities has not kept pace with the evolving need. The windfall acquisition of North Tract is a once-in-a-generation chance to develop a large parcel of open space to address the backlog of need. We urge you to join the Arlington Aquatic Club Boosters, Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Division, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Soccer Association, Friends of Arlington Parks, Potomac Valley Track Club, Yorktown, Washington-Lee and Wakefield PTAs, and many individual residents in supporting a yes vote on the bond.

The park bond is a sound investment for Arlington's residents and deserves their vote on Nov. 2.

Tony Taylor

Doug Ross