The San Francisco Giants have their spectacular view of the Bay. Now we have ours of the sweeping, uninterrupted views of the Pleasanton Ridge from the new $8-million lighted baseball fields nearing completion in Bernal Community Park.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 29, 2009, 12:00 AM
Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm
I wonder if anyone ever checked the afternoon wind out there. A few years back, an amphitheater was one of the suggestions for that property. I understand the rejection was based on the high daytime winds and the bitter cold nights.
Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on May 31, 2009 at 11:30 am
Marilyn and Jim Kane loved to hike that area along the arroyo, and when Marilyn died, her family decided to give their inheritance to the city for a trail out there. The Kane family donated about a million dollars for the city to construct that portion of the trail system, and City Council named it in her memory.
Posted by A PTown Coach and Parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:52 am
There is an error in the story. Little League baselines are set at 60 feet, not 80 feet Web Link .
Many of us in the community would have preferred that all fields be synthetic turf. Yes, the initial cost is more than grass and dirt, but over time, the use of a high quality synthetic turf will allow for better scheduling of fields, especially after rain. Field maintenance is also greatly simplified Ė no costly mowing, fertilizing, aerating, lining or dragging the dirt. I certainly hope our city leaders explore this option with the remaining fields. If itís good enough for our high school stadiums, and new sports facilities throughout the bay area, it needs to be used for these fields, in what will surely prove to be a heavy use environment.
PW, please let us know the total cost of the weather station. Was this in the original specifications? It seems like a costly addition with the potential of promising more than it can deliver (havenít we all heard that before!) In these most challenging of economic times, we all need to think before we spend, and when we spend, we need to be sure we get the most value for the money. Expect tax payers to keep a much closer eye on city spending of tax dollars in the future.