Mayfield soccer complex Schools & Kids, posted by Gail Kaiser, a resident of the University South neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 10:07 am
The Mayfield soccer complex at El Camino Real and Page Mill Road has far exceeded my expectations. The landscaping is great, the fields have allowed our local teams to practice and play in almost any weather, and finally Mayfield has also become a magnet for soccer-loving teens looking for something to do, both during the day and the evening.
I can't imagine a healthier outlet for young people. Kudos to the city and everyone else involved in creating this great recreational space for Palo Altans.
Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 11:11 am
Gail and Soccer Mom,
Paul Losch of the City Parks and Recreation Commission here. First, thanks for the comments and it's great that you are finding Mayfield to be a positive part of your community experience.
I was just out at Mayfield with some Community Services department staff earlier this week, and I raised the question of where things stand with opening the snack concession facility. I am frustrated that this has not been open since the debut of the playing fields, as it can benefit those at the complex and is a new revenue source to support community services at a time that we need them.
My understanding is that a contract is being put out to bid, and because this is a city government operated playing field, it has to follow the standard bidding process before an entity can be awarded the contract. My personal opinion is that this is a great example of government oversight overkill, when a simple item where not a great deal of money is involved has to follow procedures similar to contracts involving a great deal more money and complexity.
I do not have a real clear idea of how much longer the process will take, but I will continue to work with City staff to see what can be done to keep this moving along. I also am concerned that concessions of this sort are in need of another approach in how to get them going, and I will suggest to my fellow Commissioners and City staff that the Parks and Recreation Commission look into this a bit more fully, as it affects other playing field areas in Palo Alto as well.
Enjoy the games at Mayfield, and bring a water bottle!
Posted by John, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm
I, too, would like to commend Paul and all the others who helped develop the Mayfield playing fields. I think they are great, and it is an example of how to do City business. It was a three-way deal that satisfied several constiuencies (recreation/housing/Stanford).
Paul, since turf seems to be the way to go, what are the chances of covering additional playing fields in Palo Alto? The fresh water savings alone should be a major selling point, not to mention the additonal playing time (and no down time for repair of surfaces).
Posted by Gordon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 12:32 pm
I'd like to add my compliments for a job well done on the Mayfield playing field. My son is in AYSO and likes playing on the Mayfield facility much more than any of the other fields. And it looks great too!
Some of the other fields are downright dangerous given their uneven surfaces, which easily cause ankle and knee injuries. It would great to have turf on more fields.
Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 1:55 pm
Turf is proposed for several other fields in town, as part of the capital improvement budget for 2007-2008. These include Cubberly football, Greer field #3, and El Camino Park, assuming that the reservoir project is approved.
I and some others have in mind some other candidate areas for which turf is appropriate, so there may be further developments for those places which are playing fields receiving heavy use.
Posted by Groton, a resident of another community, on Jun 1, 2007 at 2:14 pm
A lot of public elementary and middle schools are now starting to redo their playfields with turf due to the 50%+ increase in the number of playable days per year of turf vs. grass, the reduction in injuries caused by overused and rutted grass fields, and the environmental benefits of turf from reduced water, fertizer and pesticide usage. Several Redwood City elementary schools have already converted, and Woodside Elementary is set to re-develop their playing fields with turf this summer. Has there been any discussion of partnering with the Palo Alto school district to convert some of the school fields for the benefit of the school during the day and children's community use after hours?
Posted by Soccer Mom, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:12 pm
While the city is busy with the contract process for the concessions stand, is there any reason that individual teams could not sign up for time to run the stand and keep the proceeds for their own team?