The new Little League field and grandstand in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park should be completed in time to begin games on the field in early April, with official opening ceremonies in May, town and Little League officials say.
When completed, the new Little League field, which will be called Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark, will have a covered grandstand designed to seat as many as 200 spectators, covered dugouts, a permanent scoreboard, bathrooms, foul poles, storage and an improved field.
The project was paid for entirely by the Little League, which also donated money to the town for other park and tennis court improvements.
The Little League field was one of the measures put before Atherton voters in 2012, along with the issue of building a new library in the park. More than 75 percent of voters approved the Little League project, but after the vote, debate arose over just what the voters had said yes to.
A group of Atherton residents, led by Wally Sleeth, has continued to protest aspects of the project even though construction is well underway. Mr. Sleeth's latest request is for the town to make sure the finishes on the grandstand fit in with those of other structures in the park.
City Manager George Rodericks said an ad hoc council committee, consisting of council members Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, examined the final plans to make sure they are compatible with the historic character of other park improvements and will make sure the finishes used are those approved by the town.