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Beach Field Use Restrictions to be Considered at the 12/3/07 City Council Meeting

Posted by drewbendon on November 21, 2007

On December 3, 2007 the City Council will consider the proposed revised use restrictions for Beach Field.  You can see them here:  Current and Proposed Use Restrictions.  Highlights of the changes are:  (1) the field will be closed to the public during school hours or when the recreation department is running a program there, (2) the field will otherwise be open from 8:00 to 8:00 (or dusk, whichever is later) during the week and until 9:00 for 16 days (Mondays through Thursdays) in the fall when it is lit for soccer use until 9:00, (3) the field will be open from 9:00 to 8:00 on Saturdays (or dusk, whichever is later), (4) baseball games may not start before 10:00 or after 4:00 and soccer games may not start before 9:00 or after 4:00, (5) on Sundays the field is open from 9:00 to 7:00, (6) groups, defined as 12 or more adults (over 21) participating in the same activity or game without a permit are prohibited, (7) the field may be locked.

Some problems I see with these restrictions.  What does it mean when they say that the recreation department is running a program on the field?  If Schoolmates takes the kids down there to play a game does everyone else have to leave the field?  And what if the recreation department use takes only a portion of the field, does that mean that others can’t go throw a football or kick a soccer ball or shoot stomp rockets?  Why can soccer start at 9:00 and baseball has to wait until 10:00?  The severe restrictions on adult use and morning use prevent, for example, a group wishing to practice Tai Chi, or individuals with bad knees who want a soft surface to run on in the morning.  The phrase “activity” is ridiculously broad.  Anytime more than 11 adults are participating in an activity (even if it is with their children) they are in violation of the ordinance.   Does it mean that if two groups are informally practicing baseball at the 2 different diamonds that the aggregate parental involvement may not exceed 11 (because practicing baseball is one activity)?  Does it mean that we need to get a permit to have our post-season soccer party on the field or at the picnic tables if more than 11 adults will be present?  This list could go on …  How are they going to lock the field?  Where will the additional fencing (necessary to lock the field) be placed and how much will that cost? 

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