I think it's very reasonable to ask the Menlo Park City Council to "further investigate" building sports fields on only 10 percent of Bayfront Park, which is what Measure J allows.
Those who point to alternatives such as putting grass over parking lots at Kelly Field in Belle Haven have apparently never tried to park there on a busy soccer Saturday. The other suggestion for upgrading and reconfiguring fields at Menlo Park schools to increase supply shows a lack of awareness that we are about to embark on a complete reconfiguring and classroom/facility expansion at our schools (funded by voter-approved Measure U bonds).
The likelihood of extra field space emerging on our limited school campuses given our high enrollment growth is wishful thinking. If opponents to Measure J had a real plan for how to expand field space in Menlo Park, why haven't we seen it?
I urge my fellow citizens to educate themselves and rise above the fear tactics used by opponents of Measure J. The project, if feasible, would comply with all safety and environmental regulations.
Please, put our children's needs first -- vote yes on Measure J.