Patelco, Stanford gain naming rights for new Bernal sports complex

2 organizations donate $1-million-plus to Play Bernal fundraiser

Generous donations by Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto have given the two organizations naming rights for the new sports complex at Bernal Community Park set to open in October.

A total of $875,000 was donated by the two sponsors over five years -- $625,000 from Patelco and $250,000 from Stanford Children's Health -- to the Play Bernal Campaign.

Play Bernal is a consortium of field sports organizations representing more than 8,000 youth sports participants and 3,000 families. The campaign has pledged $2 million toward construction and equipment costs for the $16.2 million, 16-acre, multi-purpose facility

sports complex. The remainder is being funded by the city of Pleasanton though its General Fund and developer impact fees.

The new sports park has now been named Patelco Sports Complex with one of its major field that will include concrete stadium style seating to be named the Stanford Children's Health Stadium Field.

Stanford Children's Health is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers and is part of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. It has specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 65 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region, including 5 clinic locations in Pleasanton.

"We're very excited that these two heavy hitters have come out swinging in support of fitness in our community," said City Manager Nelson Fialho. "This home run wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and commitment from the Play Bernal group."

Added Jon Asmussen, who is spearheading the fundraising efforts of the Play Bernal Campaign" "We are grateful that these two quality organizations are partnering with us to support active youth in Pleasanton,"

The newly-named Patelco Sports Complex will feature stadium lighting for extended hours of play and three lighted synthetic-turf sports fields available for year-round play. It will also provide a much-needed play space within the greater network of Pleasanton's fields for youth sports practices and games.

The complex is part of the larger 54-acre Bernal Community Park, which will also include nearly 40-acres of oak woodland area.

"Along with financial wellness, hunger and housing, improving children's health is one of Patelco's top priorities, and we're proud to be the primary partner on this important project," said Erin Mendez, Patelco's president and CEO. "Sponsoring the Patelco Sports Complex not only reflects our long-standing efforts to promote healthy youth and families, but it also provides Pleasanton with a venue worthy of this great community."

Two additional fields are available for naming rights by major sponsors of the sports complex.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

As previous posters have expressed, I'm still concerned the new sport's fields at Bernal Community Park are not standard length for soccer and football. Maybe it is a matter of perspective, but the fields do not look nearly long enough.

Can anyone from the City comment on the dimensions of the new fields?

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Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

I wonder how people who donate money to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital know that some of the money goes to sports parks instead of very sick children. Sure, money for sports parks promote kids health. But it's not the same as money for treating childhood cancers.

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

What a great investment! Childhood obesity and diabetes is far more detrimental to our kids than any other disease and this kind of promotion is a great way to help prevent it. Thanks for the donations Patelco and Stanford!

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Posted by A Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

If I'm reading the article correctly $14 million of the $16.2 million came from the citizens of Pleasanton via tax dollars. Why not have a name the park contest and let the voters decide? Pleasanton seems to vote on everything else.

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