Federal judge orders National Park Service to reopen Va. park used for youth soccer

Federal judge orders National Park Service to reopen Va. park used for youth soccer
Langley Fork Park
Langley Fork Park

The news is not likely to be well received by Barack Obama, whose fussing and fuming over the 2012 Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare suggests he is unaware of the federal government’s system of checks and balances.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, a federal judge has ordered the National Park Service to reopen Langley Fork Park in McLean, Va., after the McLean Youth Lacrosse organization filed a lawsuit against the government.

In handing down his decision, U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady defied the expressed will of the president, who ordered the NPS to act as his spiteful surrogate.

The edict that the park be opened immediately is not the last word in the standoff. Counsel for both the NPS and McLean Youth Lacrosse will return to court on Oct. 18 to work out a permanent solution.

Langley Fork Park sits on federal land but is managed and maintained by the county Park Authority in arrangement with the National Park Service. When McLean Youth Lacrosse received a permit to use the fields this fall, the organization paid the $5,000 fee to Park Authority — not the NPS.

A similar situation was at work in the area around Lake Mead, in Nevada, where park rangers evicted senior citizens from their privately owned homes last weekend, noting that the land on which the dwellings sit is federal property. One of the administration’s most brazen acts involving the NPS was its futile attempt last week to shut down Biscayne Bay to boat traffic.


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