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MP looks at quick, cheap plan to add adult-sized soccer field

Original post made on Jul 20, 2008

The Menlo Park Parks and Recreation Commission voted 4-0 vote July 16 to move ahead with plans to fill most of the Burgess Park dirt baseball diamond with grass to accommodate a bigger, adult-sized soccer field at the park.
The commission did not support installing lights or artificial turf at the park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, July 19, 2008, 10:27 AM

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Posted by Betrayed Baseball Player
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jul 20, 2008 at 3:27 am

The Menlo Park Parks and Rec Commissions recommended reconfiguration of Burgess Park will not simply fill in the baseball diamond with grass to enlarge the soccer field into a full size adult field, it will in fact destroy the baseball field. A baseball field needs a skin - the dirt area from the first to second, and the second to third base paths to the border of the outfield you see on all baseball fields. Putting grass in that area absolutely will not work for several reasons. The all dirt infield as it exists now could and should be grass, but the pitchers mound and the skin area must remain dirt to function as a baseball field. If the consultant the commission hired was at all credible, they know that. Of course their recommendation will create another bigger adult size soccer field just like the other brand new adult size field we are building in Menlo Park. But, the only full sized baseball field in town will be destroyed. The Junior Little League program and anyone else older than 12 will have no place to play, and the substantial expense made only 4 years ago for the baseball fencing, backstop, dugouts, and bleachers will be useless.

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Posted by another voice
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 20, 2008 at 4:15 am

Obviously the Park and Rec committee is out of control on this issue. Thank heavens they are only an advisory committee and have no real power.

Those lobbying for keeping the current configuration should immediately write their council persons and let them know how you feel. Don't let the soccer Moms out there run over you.

I for one would certainly oppose spending money in this fashion.

Paula Maurano has a political agenda in mind here and just as she provoked the infamous exchange between her and council persons Fergusson and Robinson over the Park Theater, she is probably trying to induce another with this ridiculous proposal. Her legacy is with the now deposed Winkler, DuBoc and Jellins crowd.

Park and Rec should realize that soccer is not the only sport in town, and perhpas the same should be said of gymnastics, which seesm to be a major beneficiary of the proposed new gym facilities as now envisioned.

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Posted by Grass beats dirt
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 20, 2008 at 9:28 am

Editor, couldn't you have added to the existing thread instead of starting a new one? There isn't enough traffic on this board to merit two threads on the same topic.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:40 am

It seems to me, as an outsider but as one who is very interested in the subject, that all sports are important and improvements to soccer and baseball in this case should go hand in hand. From the way it stands, we should not be taking away one sport at the expense of another. We have a growing community and childhood obesity and more means to let youth have good opportunities to play the sport of their choice. Stanford Stadium is no longer regulation size for FIFA soccer games and that puts a stop on international games being held at Stanford which is sad. Don't destroy a baseball field to improve a soccer field. Find a way that both can be accommodated, at separate venues as it sounds. Increase recreational facilities across the board, don't decrease anything.

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Posted by Reality Check Please!
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

$211k to sod a 100 ft x 100 ft square area is NOT cheap ($21 a square ft to be exact)!

Is this going to be a no-bid contract with Halliburton or what?

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