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Can't Miss Fenty's Name at New Soccer Field

Parents who take in a youth soccer game at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights shouldn't have any trouble remembering who the mayor is.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) held a ribbon cutting at the school today to unveil recent renovations, including a new soccer field.

The field, which cost taxpayers $558,000, appears to rival those at some local colleges. It features artificial turf, safety padding, bleacher-style seating for 250 spectators, a wrought iron fence, team bleachers and soccer goals with new netting.

"This is a fantastic field," Fenty said. "This field has the same high standard of quality we have some high schools....People from Maryland and Virginia are going to drive by these fields and say, 'We want these fields'."

But the easiest thing to spot on the field, which school officials said replaces an unsafe dirt facility, is Fenty's name.

The middle of the field features a huge city logo that stretches for at least 30 yards. If you're sitting in the bleachers, the name "Mayor Adrian M. Fenty" encompasses much of your view. Closer to the bleachers, at the bottom of the logo, "District of Columbia" is scrawled across the field.

When asked if it was common for a mayor's name to be featured so prominently on a school athletic field, Fenty said, "I don't know."

"Our team put it on and thought it was appropriate," Allen Y. Lew, executive director of the Office of Public Education Facilities and Management, responded.

A program manager who works under Lew offered a more complete explanation. The aide said high school athletic fields traditionally feature the school's mascot. Because this field will also be available for neighborhood use, he said officials decided to put the city logo on it.

"This field is also going to be for community use," the aide said. "It is considered more of a D.C. field so we put the D.C. logo and mayor's name."

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2009; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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It fits into all other arrogant moves by this administration and it is mainly for the 2010 election.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

You got that right. He toots his own horn so well now that he doesn't believe he needs any of us anymore. I bet he thinks he can go to the polls for all of us on elections day to cast our votes for us too.

Posted by: my2centsis | August 24, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's get the graffiti team out there soon, please, scrawling "Dont Vote" over Fenty's name.

Posted by: efavorite | August 24, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is always concerned about "His Name"
on everything in The District. This should not surprise anyone. He is so arrogant!I hope DC citizens will not re-elect him. He has been such a disappointment as Mayor.

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | August 24, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Riiight... because no other Mayor has ever put their name on anything in this city before.

Get outta here...

Posted by: GetOuttaHere | August 25, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm not understanding a school athletic field not having the ususal mascot, school name on the field as all other schools have them. Unless of course this field is no longer associated with the school. The ususal sign that you see with all other district ventures that has the district logo and the mayor's name at the time is sufficient. The name changes on the signs as the mayor's change. They are quite visible. The mayor's name spread across 30 yards of the field is ridiculous.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 25, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

$558,000? That's a lot of money for advertising.

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 25, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You are so right starclimber9 and we paid for it.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 25, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't carry about the Mayor's name on this at all. I do, however, care about a half million tax dollars being used for this dubious purpose. Turf?

Posted by: heatherdc1980 | August 25, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Oops, I meant I don't care - not carry! Shame on me for typing so fast.

Posted by: heatherdc1980 | August 25, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Does the school team have a Mascot? How about that being on the field to engender school spirit and pride. This is not a private gift from the Fenty Family, this is a field paid for by the citizens of the District of Columbia. If the Mayor thinks that the only way he can get a field or street or curb named after him is to do it himself while he is still in office, that is beyond pathetic and begs a reversal once he is voted out of office next year.

How completely arrogant on the public dime. Typical of this Mayor.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 25, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Adrian have lost his mind! He has changed for the worse and he's become a dictator. I will never cast a vote for Adrian Fenty.

Ward 4 Voter

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 25, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Make that two of us Ward4DC!!

Posted by: boo2 | August 25, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

In this recession why has no one come up with the bright business idea of creating anti-Fenty tshirts, baseball caps and bumper stickers.

A starter slogan could be..."Fenty Fooled Us" colored in green and white which are Fenty's campaign colors.

Just a thought.

Posted by: TheMadnessShop | August 25, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant idea TheMadnessShop. If I knew a screen printer, I'd make the suggestion.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 26, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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