Mayfield soccer complex
Original post made by Gail Kaiser on May 11, 2007
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.
on May 11, 2007 at 10:13 am
I agree. Has anything happened about the snack bar though as I have yet to see anything about it?
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!
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).
Good job, Paul (and others).