With land for new playing fields scarce and demand showing no sign of slowing, Menlo Park may share the cost of a new synthetic field at the renovated Hillview Middle School, in exchange for use of the field.
At its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, the City Council voted unanimously for the city to put $500,000 toward the field, providing the city and the Menlo Park City School District can come to terms on details such as fees, scheduling, maintenance, and design.
The City Council could authorize negotiations with the school district at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located between Laurel and Alma streets in the Civic Center complex.
The city and school district share use of the existing Hillview field. Demolition of that field and construction of the new campus is scheduled to begin this spring.
The money would come out of the city's recreation-in-lieu fund, which developers pay into in order to mitigate the effects of development, according to city staff.