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Arlington’s Long Bridge Park parking will be free on weekends

Cameron Mills tossed around a football with his father Eric on one of the new soccer fields at Long Bridge Park last November. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Attention soccer moms, dads and refs: Parking at Arlington’s Long Bridge Park is now free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

In response to a soccer dad who passionately argued before the Arlington County Board last week that meter-minders were being way too scrupulous at the new Long Bridge Park, especially on Saturdays when referees have back-to-back games to work, the county has altered its rules.

Ken Bass, president of the Arlington Soccer Association, told the board that in addition to parents who are annoyed, some referees are refusing to work at the new fields because it’s difficult to feed the meters between games, given the tight schedule they have to keep. Most other places where youth soccer is played provides free parking, he said.

A sympathetic board asked the county staff to look into the issue. The staff issued a news release Friday afternoon alerting the soccer community that they had won, but warned that “due to the construction work and lack of sidewalks, parking on Long Bridge Drive is still prohibited.”

The three-hour meters will still be enforced during weekdays until 5 p.m., and there is a ban on overnight parking. There’s also free weekend parking at nearby garages at 1350 S. Clark Street, 1350 Crystal Drive, the parks department noted..

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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