Posted by Len Gilbert on March 20, 2011
You’ve heard the argument for and against Blair Park. You’ve seen the mailers, seen the lawn signs. But lost in the shuffle is Coaches Field. This field is the only 60 & 70 foot baseball diamond in Piedmont. Thanks to the efforts of the Piedmont Baseball Softball Foundation (PBSF) and the Piedmont Recreation department, the field is now one of the best in it’s class. It’s nicer than fields in Orinda and Moraga and a jewel for baseball and softball in Piedmont.
This abomination has been suggested.
But the controversy around Blair Park has led some ill-informed and short-sited individuals to suggest paving over the beautiful baseball field with a plastic soccer field. Somehow this is considered “the lesser of two evils.” I strongly disagree and hope that you do too. The baseball and softball programs should not be sacrificed in the name of 24/7/365 soccer. The field at Coaches was clearly designed as a baseball/softball field, with soccer as a secondary use. There are already U10 soccer games and practices there. To sacrifice baseball and softball for soccer is not appropriate. This is the only baseball field that can accomodate our 10-13 year olds. The city only has two baseball fields: Hampton and Coaches. Hampton is used by the 7-10 year olds and Coaches by the next group. Our older Pony players (13-14yr olds) use the Witter Baseball field for games, which is a school district property, but they also practice at Coaches. Coaches field is also used for adult and youth softball. To lose this wonderful field to a plastic grass soccer field would be a shame to Piedmont and a disservice to the youth baseball and softball programs.
Whatever your feelings about Blair Park, I ask that you sign the PBSF petition for lighting at Coaches Field, then write to the city council asking them to retain the natural baseball field surface of grass and dirt.
- Please sign the online petition
- Show up at the Piedmont City Council Meeting, 7:30 pm on March 21st, to support both lights at Coaches and no paving over the baseball field.
- Send an email to the Piedmont City Council to let them know that lighting coaches is a well-needed project and an appropriate use of a city park and that covering the baseball diamond with plastic is not acceptable.
Posted in Parks, Recreation, Youth Sports | Tagged: Blair Park, Coaches Field, piedmont baseball, piedmont softball | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Len Gilbert on September 18, 2009
Piedmont City Council: More Blair Park.
Monday, Sept 21st, 7:30pm City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue
Info, email addresses, agenda: http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/citycouncil/
Please join me in supporting the EIR process. The vote is only to continue with the EIR, not to approve Blair Park. I think it’s important to hear the real issues that an EIR will expose, rather than speculation from both sides of the issue.
Please also join me in urging the city to put a mid-block cross walk at the tennis courts, connecting Linda Beach Field and the Linda dog run. This area sees very high foot traffic from the dog run, playfield, tennis courts, tot lot and Beach Elementary going back and forth. This should have been done 3 or 4 years ago when both Beach field and the dog run were updated. Now is the time to fix the issue.
Linda Beach field is used by our children for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, tee ball, and softball. Primary groups are 5-9 year olds. There is a tot lot there, plus an elementary school. The block is extremely long and beckons for a med-block crossing. The area at the tennis courts/top of Linda Beach Field is about right to facilitate safer crossings for all facilities. The sightlines are good and the cost would be minimal.
PUSD School Board
Wednesday, September 23rd, City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue
Info and agenda: http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/board-of-education/meeting-materials
Measure E: Not much updating
Last update to the site was July 24th (as of this post).
My question from a previous post still isn’t answered. If PG&E made a mistake on the gas line under the Havens Schoolmates building, are they paying for the relocation to the Beach Playground? Accountability and communication seem to be lacking, yet again, in the Measure E process.
Posted in City News, Parks, Recreation, School | Tagged: Beach Elementary, Blair Park, Coaches Field, PG&E | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Len Gilbert on September 22, 2007
Piedmont City Council is conducing a public hearing to consider field lighting for Coaches Field. The meeting is October 1st at 7:30pm 120 Vista Avenue.
Two options are being considered. Staff reports are available on the city website. Send written commnets to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Piedmont City Clerk, 120 Visat Avenu, Piedmont, CA.
Posted in Recreation | Tagged: baseball, Coaches Field, lights, piedmont, recreation department, soccer | 1 Comment »