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Sports Park filled as Pleasanton Little League teams open spring season

Original post made on Mar 15, 2009

Several thousand players, coaches and parents turned out for opening day of Little League baseball on Pleasanton Sports Park fields Saturday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 14, 2009, 6:38 AM

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Posted by Stymied
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I have questions, as I'm sure many do.

Quoting from the article:
"Pleasanton police also had a field day, issuing tickets for vehicles illegally parked along Parkside Drive corner sidewalks and in areas of Sports Park not specifically marked for parking. Motorists, frustrated by the lack of parking spaces for the opening day ceremonies for all three Little League teams, left their cars and rushed to the fields, returning a half hour later to find the tickets.

Traffic backed up on Hopyard Road, Parkside and on the Sports Park main road where single turning lanes limited the number of cars that could enter and leave Sports Park during the peak game times."

1) First, a technical/editorial issue: "all three Little League teams"? I think the author of this article probably meant "all three leagues", not "all three teams". Three teams in a league doesn't make for a very interesting season.

2) Ok, the situation is the same every time there is an all-league gathering at the Sports Park. WHEN IS PLEASANTON GOING TO COME TO ITS SENSES AND COME UP WITH SOME SORT OF PARK-AND-SHUTTLE SYSTEM FOR THESE EVENTS???? Is the only reason this continues to frustrate residents/parents, provide full employment for the PPD, and ensure parking violation revenue for the city? Geez! How much planning would it take to either move these events to a different venue with multiple entry points and much better parking OR shuttle folks to a central destination. C'mon, it's not rocket science to figure out that X number of players per team times X number of teams times at least 1 car per each of those players plus X number of coaches for each of those teams equals many more cars than can fit into that limited parking area.

And we are supposed to be a pretty intelligent and educated population here in Pleasanton.

Want to bet we read this same type of story for the beginning of football season this year, then Little League next year?

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Posted by Sports Fan
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I understand that having three Little League's opening events on the same day can cause havoc with traffic and parking situations. We have a beautiful sports park that is groomed to perfection why would we take our local festivities elsewhere? Opening day is usually the same for all the little leagues because of how the regular season games need to line up prior to post season play. I think everyone can put up with one day per year (for baseball at least) when parking and traffic are bad, to enjoy a great opening day at the Park. If you live next to the Sports Park and see this happening throughout the year with other sports then all I can say is you knew you were purchasing a home next to a SPORTS PARK!

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Posted by Baseball parent
a resident of Danbury Park
on Mar 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Sounds like stymied is going to pony up for the fees to run a shuttle service next year for the uneducated and unintelligent people of pleasanton. Thanks for the support Im sure parents will appreciate your efforts.

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Posted by Baseball parent #2
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 17, 2009 at 8:36 am

Hey Stymied,

First with statement number 1 of yours do you really need to point out the obvious? We all caught the mistake; do you really need to go on about it?

As for statement number 2 I think Pleasanton has done everything they can to give our kids a wonderful park. I have been in Baseball for years and NEVER got a ticket on opening day. One person parks illegal and everyone else follows. Now how is that the city's problem. Also have you seen the new park off of Bernal? This leads me to believe that the city has "come to its senses" and very soon we should have two very nice parks for you to park illegally at.

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Posted by Lazy parents
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

The problem doesn't fall with the city not providing for a ``shuttle service,'' but rather with lazy parents who always look for the easy way out. Stop feeling like you are entitled to a up-close parking space. Plan your day better, get there earlier and walk a little way. There's plenty of parking within walking distance of the sports park if you just take a look.

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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Wow, I guess bicycles and feet are obsolete now.

Did you see Wall-E? Apparently, some would make Pleasanton like that spaceship, with moving sidewalks and floating recliners.

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Posted by baseball parent#3
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

Stymeid, Don't worry, soon they will be old enough to not need the ride anymore. They will come and go independently, and you can regret all of the long walks you COULD have taken.

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Posted by prettymuchhadit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hey sports fan, don't suppose you'd mind if we came and parked our old ugly truck in front of your house, hopefully blocking part of your driveway or at least blocking your line of site, for three or more hours, to be replaced by another? I'm sure it wouldn't bother you if we did it on a Saturday, when you were trying to run back and forth to Home Depot while fixing your yard, or maybe the store? Or heaven forbid, you want to have a BBQ, baby shower or some event at your home where you invite your friends?? Since when do the people of this town think that (1) they need to drive EVERYWHERE and (2) they don't give a flying anything about "neighbors of the Sports Park?" Being in the vicinity of a Sports Park, where you can cut through neighborhoods to get to the event, is not a crime and we don't need to pay any price. Maybe those of us who live next to small parks should take our aim at the Planning Commission and have the parking on our streets restricted (like across from Amador High School) or the access points closed Stop being a jerk-become a citizen of this town and solve the problem. It is NOT all about your kid.

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Posted by Parkside envy
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

Parkside has enjoyed inflated home prices and high demand because of the desire of homebuyers to live by the sports park. Their kids can walk to games, etc. With the good comes the bad. Live with it and enjoy your home prices or move!

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Posted by PGSL MOM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

Why did the PW write write an article on Pleasanton Little League teams opening day filling the sports park and leave out the Pleasanton Girls Softball League? Their opening day was that day too and they had over 900 girls present. It seems like an oversight that happens too often.

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Posted by Laughingatall....
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Personally I would have liked to have seen a better article, period. Maybe if Jeb would have focused on the positive none of this would be an issue. Replacing the pics of tickets with some of the 900 girls that got left out, focusing on all of the GREAT kids that showed up and played their hearts out, and reminding us all of the fun everyone had Saturday would have made this much better article!

Was the park there when you bought your home? Should've thought that through..........

By the way Pretty.........It is all about our kids. They are our future.

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Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

We don't recall hearing from anyone at PGSL about opening day and/or the games. We would certainly welcome the same coach and parent involvement that we get from Little League. Sports writeups and photos can be sent to Action photos are always great, as opposed to posed team photos, although those are welcome, too.

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Posted by Carlos C
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 25, 2009 at 8:14 am

It would seem to me that if you are going to publish an article about Little League Opening Day, it shouldn't be much of an effort to find out what the girls are doing, without a formal invitation from PGSL. It's simple journalistic due diligence. In the case of PGSL, a simple check of the PGSL web site would have done the trick.

Plus, how could your reporter miss all those girls and supporters at the softball fields? You have to drive right by them to get to the boys' fields.

I'm sorry, but saying 'no one at PGSL asked us to cover Opening Day' is a pretty weak excuse for excluding the girls.

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Posted by stilllaughing
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I agree Carlos.......That was just the papers polite way of throwing the responsibilily on the girls parents and volunteers. Don't they do enough without being a reporter too? What, did the guy the park that day have a blind fold on? How did he miss the girls? Do your job.....

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

Some tips for an enjoyable outing with the kids at the Sportspark:
1.) when you know a big event is planned, leave early, carpool with other teammates parents/kids and park legally, so as not to block the view of oncoming traffic and those expensive handicap ramps on every corner.
2) Use the restrooms in the park, even if it means walking an extra few yards. Most people would agree you should not be peeing in the bushes of the homes adjacent to the park, but it happens all the time--both kids and their parents. This mioght be OK in 3rd world countries, but you're in Pleasanton now and it's against the law here.
3). Pack your garbage out with you or use the numerous trash recepticals throughout the park complex.
4). While driving down Parkside, slow down and watch for the jaywalkers and joggers who insist on occupying the lanes of traffic without looking for vehicles bearing down on them.

These are all very easy things to do for most adults. If these guidelines are too difficult to follow, talk to the mayor and ask her to dumb-down the change the laws to accommodate you.

Oh yeah, have fun at the's a great asset for the city of Pleasanton.

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Posted by Jason M.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2009 at 8:55 am

Carlos C and stilllaughing is right on. PW has a history of running lots of stories on boys baseball and neglects the girls softball league. In fact a couple of weeks after the story in question, they ran another story on little league about a volunteer and his time. How about something on the girls!

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Posted by PGSL MOM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 7:44 am

Last week Foothill and Amador's softball teams played at the sports park. Both JV and Varsity played and there were 300-400 people in attendance. Once again there was no reporting on these girls. PW claimed that they did not report on opening day for PGSL back in March was because they didn't know about it. Ok,lets give them the benefit of doubt..... one pass. PW reported that the high school game was going to take place(so they knew about it in advance) but didn't report on the game after the fact. When was the last time pleasanton hosted softball game with that kind of attendance? I have to believe that if baseball was out there it wouldn't have been missed. Let's start giving our young girls the same kind of attention.

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Posted by ideseatield
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm


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