Atherton council may be near deal on Little League park facilities
Original post made on Jan 15, 2014
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on Jan 15, 2014 at 9:18 am
> The approval of Measure M cleared the way for M-A Little
> League to build permanent covered seating for 200
> spectators (a structure that will include covered dugouts),
This is a very misleading statement. The measure did NOT "clear the way" for seating 200 spectators. Here is the measure that was voted upon:
"Should the Town permit the Menlo-Atherton Little League to improve the baseball field and surrounding areas at Holbrook-Palmer Park,
including covered seating for spectators, an improved playing area for children, and new restrooms for all park users, using private funds
I voted FOR the above measure, both because I think some improvement for the park AS A WHOLE was good for all, and that any changes would not adversely affect usage for other, equally worthy groups. And I voted for the measure because the "impartial analysis" pointed out that LL would still be bound by the the planning committee.
But it makes no guarantees that LL can build a structure that can seat 200 spectators. And it makes no guarantees that seats will be 36-inches wide (!!!!!), which is double the typical size for seating. And I hope the planning committee and the council hold their ground on permanent fencing.
on Jan 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm
This seems like good news even to this Alpine Little League parent/coach. The article did not mention whether the outfield fence would be permanent. I have mixed feelings about that but a movable fence (semi-permanent for just baseball season) would be ideal because HP park is such a wonderful large space it would be a shame to have it divided all year long. St. Francis uses such a fence if anyone is interested.
on Jan 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm
I am a big supporter of little league but the size and scope of this grandstand is not what we voted for. Their is no need to have a grandstand that big or to keep equipment underneath. It will be out of proportion with the character of the park and only be used for 4 months a year. I hope the city counsel keeps their focus on the long term benifits of open space and looks to build a nice, safe, reasonably sized ball park for all to enjoy.