Photo by PoPville flickr user John Reinhardt
The National Park Service has begun allowing commercial weekend permits on the Lincoln Memorial sand volleyball courts. Previously only commercial weekday permits were allowed. The courts will now be overrun on the weekends by the social sports leagues.
This will have a huge negative impact on the volleyball community. There are many people that play beach volleyball on the weekends, and those with limited income, restricted schedules, etc. will now be forced to play on other days or not play at all. The commercialization of the courts will force hundreds of pickup players to play elsewhere and will have a detrimental effect on the volleyball community.
The volleyball community has tried to reach out to NPS to address our concerns and offer suggestions on how to benefit everyone, including the leagues, but we have been ignored.
It is sad that NPS continues to make it harder for ordinary people to play and enjoy sports.”