Department of Parks and Recreation Community News - August 15

Post date: Aug 15, 2013 6:02:23 PM

Seeking Your Clarendon Pop-Up Park Input

Arlington County has the opportunity to create its first temporary pop-up park in the Clarendon-Courthouse area! The County recently entered into a lease agreement with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for a vacant portion of their property for a minimum of two years with the option to extend the lease. The clock is ticking on the two-year lease, so we'd like to act quickly to determine what the community would like to see in the space. Let us know what you think! The Departments of Parks and Recreation and Community Planning, Housing and Development have developed this survey to find out how the community would like to use this new open space. This is your opportunity to let us know what you'd like to see in the park!

Nature Center Program Registration Now Open

Check out the newly redesigned, Snag and Wee Snag, our quarterly publications of public programs and events offered by Gulf Branch Nature Center, Long Branch Nature Center, and the Park Ranger Unit. We offer a variety of events and classes for adults, kids of all ages, families and volunteers. Don’t miss our annual Fall Heritage Festival and upcoming Plant Sale. You can now register for a class by clicking on the program number within the online catalog. Visit to browse all of our offerings!

Spraygrounds Close Labor Day

Have fun and keep the kids cool this month at one of Arlington County's four spraygrounds located at Drew Park, Hayes Park, Lyon Village Park, and Virginia Highlands Park. Spraygrounds will close on Labor Day, September 2. For more information, visit our Spraygrounds page.

4v4 Adult Flag Football Tournament

Join us under the lights, August 24, 3pm-midnight, at Long Bridge Park for the second annual adult 4v4 flag football tournament. Divisions include both COED and Men’s. Teams must play a three game minimum, top teams qualify for playoffs. The fee is $100 per team. Email Megan Carney for more information or to register.

Bat Festival

Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life, Saturday, August 24, 6-9pm at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Activities include: habitat walks, games, crafts and more - all while learning lots about our favorite furry bug zappers. Halfway thru the evening, everyone is invited to join in a festive lantern parade! Live bat shows will be presented by Leslie Sturges, Director of “Save Lucy, A Little Brown Bat,” established to protect and conserve bats in this region. Register children over age 2 and adults; children under 14 must register with an accompanying adult. Register online at or call 703-228-4747. $7 fee per participant. This program is supported by the Arlington Education Fund at the Arlington Community Foundation.

Adult Soccer Opportunities

Whether you need to practice your skills, looking to play informal games or ready to join a league we have the soccer event just for you. Join us at our Adult Clinics for fun, exercise and an introduction, participate in casual non-scored Pick-Up games or join The Arlington Coed Kicks Soccer League’s for competitive games this fall. For more information on any of these options contact Marta Cahill at 703-228-1818, or

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