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The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation provides space for District residents to spend Sundays playing baseball or soccer or Frisbee. But John Finney, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for the Palisades neighborhood, wants to put a different activity on the weekend agenda: nothing. Last month, Finney wrote to the department’s chief of staff, Neil Rodgers, requesting that public ball fields be kept “fallow” for a few days a week, preferably including Sundays. The fields, Finney argued, are being overused, and the recreational crop rotation would give the trampled turf a chance to recuperate. “Putting religious beliefs aside,” Finney wrote, “once again there is the need to strike a balance between playtime for children and parents and the desire of neighborhood residents for quiet.” —Felix Gillette