Select Fields Stay Open this Winter for Outdoor Recreation

Published on December 07, 2020

Most years, Arlington County Parks and Recreation closes its fields in the winter to let them rest and recover from the wear and tear they get in the spring, summer and fall. But 2020 is not like most years. Arlington will keep 12 of the natural grass fields across Arlington that are traditionally closed on December 6 open this winter for drop-in, recreational-use play. No organized teams or leagues can use the fields. This is a pilot program; we will be monitoring field damage to ensure the fields are safe and viable for spring.

Aside from synthetic turf fields that are open year-round, the County will keep the following fields open this winter:

  • Bluemont Park’s large open grass area, including diamond field 1 and 2 all the way to the back parking lot area.
  • Highview Park Field*
  • Fort Barnard Park Diamond Field
  • Fort Scott Park Diamond Field
  • Lacey Woods Park Open Grass area beside the front picnic shelter and basketball court
  • Quincy Park’s small auxiliary field area located to the restroom/library, beyond the outfield fence of the 90ft baseball field*
  • Utah Park Diamond Field*
  • Virginia Highlands Park’s diamond fields*
  • Westover Park Diamond Field fenced

*Field lit Monday through Friday until 9 p.m. weather pending.

The County will close these fields due to inclement weather. Call 703-228-4715 for field status. As a reminder, stay safe, do not play on closed fields or any grass field when it is wet or has snow on them. Playing on soggy fields can cause injuries, damage the grass, and will allow the fields to dry unevenly and with holes.