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North Union Park Improvement

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This petition is now closed. Thanks to everyone for signing the ‘Friends of North Union Park’ petition! We had a fantastic response and submitted it to the Park and Recreation Commission with over 300 signatures.

We have set up a Google group for the 'Friends of North Union Park' to communicate updates about improvements to the park and surrounding area, social events and ways to get involved. Please join the group if you wish to receive further updates.

You can also join our Facebook group here: ‘Friends of North Union Park’.

The playground at North Union Park is an indispensable part of our community and the lives of our children, and we ask the Park and Recreation Commission to recommend renovation for this playground as soon as possible.

This playground sees extensive use from a very diverse population. It’s where our kids play between runs through the spray park, where they hang out while their brothers and sisters play sports on the field, and where they get out their energy on their way to school, during recess, after school and on weekends. It’s where we host birthday parties, picnics, community meet-ups and playdates. And it’s where we watch our kids grow from toddlers through school ages as they play and master new challenges.

Although North Union Park is located in East Arlington, this playground is a destination and great resource for the entire town. Families from throughout Arlington, and beyond, come to this park for soccer and baseball on Lussiano Field, to play basketball on the court and to splash in the spray park, and, when they do, they often spend time at the playground as well.

Nonetheless, this playground is long overdue for renovation. The surfacing is full of potholes that are becoming increasingly dangerous for kids playing. The equipment is in many places broken, peeling and/or rusted. There is hardly any shade. And this situation is becoming worse as the playground continues to receive intense use.

As the Friends of North Union Park, and as individual Arlington residents, we greatly value this park and ask the Park and Recreation Commission to make renovation of our playground a priority.

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