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News - April 25, 2012

Portola Valley: Council reviews progress on Ford Field fundraising

A progress report on community fundraising for a proposed $540,000 renovation of Ford (baseball) Field in Portola Valley comes to the Town Council at its 7:30 meeting on Wednesday, April 25.

About $254,000 of the total is not yet firmly accounted for, and the town could be on the hook for what it does not raise in donations if it awards bids. Weighing heavily is a preference for groundbreaking in June so as to be far enough along when the rains start, but this is also a concern for other projects in the region that are competing for contractors.

The town has been promised a grant from the Sand Hill Foundation that would match up to $100,000 from the community. So far, the community has given $1,800, a staff report says.

The report answers a key question: the council had asked whether $50,000 pledged by the Alpine-West Menlo Little League could go toward that $100,000 goal. It cannot, said a foundation representative.

The Little League commitment came before the offer of the matching grant, Executive Director Ash McNeely told Interim Assistant Town Manager Barbara Powell, according to the report. "The challenge is to new prospective donors," Ms. McNeely said.

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