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Hillview playing field woes continue with lawsuit

Original post made on Dec 4, 2013

The problem-plagued project to construct, then reconstruct, Hillview Middle School's playing field may finally be finished, but the headache continues for the Menlo Park City School District, which is named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed Nov. 20 by a subcontracting firm that hasn't been fully paid for work performed.

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Posted by Old MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

Sounds like standard operating procedure - I wouldn't get too excited over this. Subs can do the same thing on a homeowner's remodel project. They are just protecting themselves in the event that in the end they are not paid by the general contractor.

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Posted by Live Oak Avenue
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

The field, even this second time around, is still sloped. Neither contractor, nor subcontractor, should be paid until they get it right. The school district could easily file a lawsuit against both given the continued state of the field.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

And what was wrong with good old grass?

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Posted by Eliza
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Yes, LiveOA, if you walk around the track, it's sloping on the entrance to H. side. Also, the red 'foam' that makes up the tracks has dandruff - not a problem - yet. But here's what I find upsetting. There are signs everywhere telling all who use to field to "wash their hands" when done. So, why? And kids that age are that responsible to allow hand washing time before going to class, or home, or out to eat? Then there's the amount of water used for that….
It looks bad and imagine there will be fading down the road. Who made the decision to go grass-less?

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Posted by grass is inconsistent
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

What's wrong with grass?

Cost, over the life of the field.

Injury - injuries are higher on a grass field than soft, even turf.

Water, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, etc.. all make turf a better, safer, less expensive surface for athletes. looks better, too.

As a bonus, film and photos of a team playing on turf look better. Film or take a picture of a football game at MA, and you'll see the difference. MA is on it's 2nd set of turf.

Patchy, dry, muddy, gopher holes (aka ankle busters) are a thing of the past.

Go find a grass field on the peninsula that hasn't been worn out by league and pick-up soccer games.

As for washing hands, what kids dport doesn't have basic hygiene afterwards?

I love nature. Hike all the time. What I don't like is a torn up grass field for kids.

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Posted by stats
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Dec 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Ridiculous law suit, but it seems to be SOP on big construction projects where rework is required. As for grass vs. turf, grass fields would be ideal if schools could afford to maintain them at decent level. Most kids who played competive sports on the former Hillview field or La Entrada prefer the Hillview field, as well as Kelly park, though Burgess and Lyle are very nicely maintained so it's a wash with them vs. Hillview. Add in the wet weather capabilities and no need to do lining, and the turf fields look pretty good in comparison.