Loudoun County Seeks Comment on Scott Jenkins Park Lights

Loudoun County is holding an open comment period to gain input from the public on Phase III of construction for Scott Jenkins Memorial Park in Hamilton.

Phase III will install lighting for five existing athletic fields, is subject to approval by the Planning Commission.

The comment period is open through Jan. 14, 2022, allowing members of the public the opportunity to view a presentation online and provide input about the project. A Planning Commission public hearing is set for Jan. 25, 2022.

For information about the Scott Jenkins Memorial Park project and to submit a comment, visit loudoun.gov/scottjenkinsparkphase3. Information on participating in the Planning Commission hearing will be posted prior to the hearing at loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun County Seeks Comment on Scott Jenkins Park Lights

  • 2021-12-15 at 1:42 pm
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    Nearly $3 million dollars.
    Not just no. HELL NO!
    Cut back on superfluous projects.

  • 2021-12-15 at 8:51 pm
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    This is our county government at work. While I don’t mind getting these fields lit, it’s just the way the county goes about these type of things that irks me.
    A number of years ago, I attended a meeting set up by Parks and Rec, for community input on a proposed lighting project at Crittenden Park in Ashburn.
    The local little league (Dulles Little League, I believe) was asking to light the park so they could get complete baseball games in during their fall season when it got dark too early for the kids to play. The league was offering to pay for the entire project and the monthly bill- so this would cost the county and taxpayers absolutely nothing! Too good to be true? Well, I guess our BOS thought so because after a few people who didn’t have kids or were convinced there was something more sinister going on complained that “late night” games would ruin their community, even though the little league leaders made it clear that kids age out at 12 years old and the fields were too small for anyone over 12 to use, our esteemed BOS decided against the project, even though lighting for that park was proffered in when it was built.
    The BOS alternative solution was to pay well over $100,000 for lighting at a field off of Ashburn Village Blvd and (laughably) an elementary school field, which was for much smaller kids and would never be used at night. The field off of Ashburn Village blvd, according to the little league, was not preferable because it was in terrible shape, contained no irrigation system, no concession stand or other amenities that Crittenden Park contained.
    I left that meeting that night with steam coming out of my ears, realizing just then that our local politicians simply spend money like children with credit cards, giving no thought or regard to what they were doing. I believe the main culprit back then was Stevens Miller. I had hoped that silliness like the situation I described would change with a new board, but clearly it hasn’t. Don’t worry folks, our tax money is being spent very wisely (yes, that is sarcasm).
    Regarding Scott Jenkins Park, I support lighting it and I bet with a little bit of work on the part of the BOS, they could get local leagues or teams, etc. to pay for it, but they won’t because it’s easier to just hand the bill to the taxpayer.

  • 2021-12-15 at 9:24 pm
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    This is an easy NO. What is there to discuss during the current fiscal crisis?

    Can this board EVER say no?

  • 2021-12-15 at 10:01 pm
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    The original special exception for this was predicated on no lights. Now they’re trying to reverse that. Things like that erode any level of trust we can have in county actions. Tell them no!

  • 2021-12-16 at 1:37 pm
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    The BoS sure knows how to spend taxpayers money. I don’t recall there ever being a cut in any expenses by the BoS. They look for projects to spend on such as commiting $3.4M toward Selma Estates flood mitigation because they’re too lazy to hold the developer accountable.

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