To the Editor:
After more than a decade of planning, dozens of community meetings, two professional market surveys and approvals by various bodies, the voters will have the final say on the Long Bridge aquatic facility. If they show their usual strong support for enhancing Arlington's quality of life, the county will finally have this much needed recreational center. The need arose from the community, not a small group of advocates, as suggested by some. The design responds to the needs of all ages and abilities, as elicited in community fora and county-wide surveys. And based on the experience neighboring jurisdictions all of which already have community recreation facilities, Long Bridge will be used extensively, just like the playing fields that opened last year. So please vote "Yes" for the Parks and Recreation bond on Nov. 6.