Judge opens McLean ball field closed in shutdown

10:43 AM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A judge has temporarily opened a northern Virginia ball field that the National Park Service had closed because of the government shutdown.

A consortium of youth sports organizations in McLean filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria over the closure of Langley Fork Park, near the CIA.

The field is used in the fall by lacrosse and football teams. But the park service closed the field Oct. 1.

The lawsuit says the closure was unnecessary because, while the land is owned by the park service, it is maintained and operated by Fairfax County.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/19Fb78q ) that Judge Liam O'Grady issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday reopening the park. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 to determine whether it can stay open.


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