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New hours for spraygrounds in Arlington

Who Got it Done: Arlington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

As the thermometer heads to 100 degrees this week, Arlingtonians are getting a bit more break from the heat at its spraygrounds. After we reported a gripe here a couple weeks ago about too short hours at the spraygrounds, the county took immediate action and decided to turn the hoses on for more hours every week.

As Susan Kalish of the Arlington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
department put it: "When we promoted the new hours in January during the
budget discussions no one suggested they didn't work well. Nothing like a
few weeks of 100+ weather to help us think more clearly."

Beginning this week, the county has adjusted schedules so at least one of its three spraygrounds is open every weekday as early as 10 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m. Weekend hours will remain noon to 8 p.m. A rundown of the revised hours at the county's three spraygrounds, Lyon Village Park, Drew Park and Community Center and Hayes Park can be found on the county's Web site.

The old hours of noon to 5 p.m. were particularly inconvenient for parents with small children, who tend to nap in the afternoon, and working parents who wanted to use the facilities after clocking out of the office.

Kalish said the revised hours are designed to take these concerns into account. "The new hours will allow children who nap in the afternoon to play in the morning at a sprayground, working parents to take their children to a sprayground after work, summer camps to use the spraygrounds for scheduled visits and equally as important, will allow the County to maintain its FY2011 Budget guidelines," she said.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  July 21, 2010; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Fixed , Virginia  
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