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September 4, 2014

Home run, touchdown, goal, and all other winning sport terms

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:10 am

In less crime blotter-y news and in happy totally nice Alameda type news on Tuesday night the City Council received an update on the Estuary Park (the big park that is going in around the old North Housing on the West End) and it apparently is going to be super awesome. According to the public speakers who represent some of the sports organizations in Alameda, the is a huge under-served need for fields in general and especially lighted all weather fields.

This new turf, which will be synthetic is a highly valued commodity because it doesn’t get all wet and damage when (or if) it rains. The lighted field means that practice can continue long after it gets dark which is super important during the winter when daylight savings kicks in.

As a reminder here is what it will look like. The top section it phase 1 which has most of the funding in place. The bottom graphic is phase 2

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The Rec and Park director mentioned that she and Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft have been in talks with local construction companies to see if they can work out some sort of price break for constructing the fields etc. Might I suggest that if there was a local construction company owner that, oh I don’t know, had a recent major faux pas of epic proportions wanted to redeem himself in a very small way that this might be a small step toward redemption.

In good news about the a Estuary Park fields. The baseball diamond will be fully accessible which finally brings to fruition the Miracle Field which was promised so many years ago.

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6 Comments

  1. The Miracle Field was one of the community benefits promised by Catellus several years ago — but it appears as though it was never put in writing. It would be nice to see Catellus fund this park. I was at the well attended planning board several years ago when Alameda Landing was initially approved. The main reason for their large community support of this project at the time was because so many residents and community stakeholders came out in support of the Miracle Field.

    Catellus is a great development company, and they are doing an awesome job at Alameda Landing. I drive through the development at least once a week to keep up with whats going on and it’s pretty amazing. But I see the Miracle Field as sort of unfinished business.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 4, 2014 @ 6:33 am

  2. I’m concerned about the high number of injuries we can expect from people tripping on all those lines on the multi-purpose field.

    Comment by BMac — September 4, 2014 @ 8:03 am

  3. Oh, I totally forgot to mention that it was announced on Tuesday night that the Challenger League would be up and running by 2015 to play on the accessible baseball field.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 4, 2014 @ 8:09 am

  4. Challenger will start at Rittler in 2015, hoping to move into the new field by 2016.

    Also, I believe Catellus was listed in the report as one of the funding sources.

    Seriously, football fields have too much info. For a multi-purpose field they should have a minimization version of the striping. Most of those lines and numbers are for the benefit of television viewers.

    Comment by BMac — September 4, 2014 @ 8:30 am

  5. No one is going to agree on everything or nothing would be built, but I like the lines. I was at that board meeting also and it was my impression that Catellus was going to build the whole thing as part of getting the go ahead on Alameda Landing.

    We hated the Target idea, but finally accepted it because other people wanted it and we bought our first real purchase there this week a shark vacuum which is 10 X better then our Dyson and at 1/5 the cost. Thanks Target…maybe in another 6 month we will buy something else there.

    Comment by Joseph — September 4, 2014 @ 9:31 am


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