Beautiful soccer fields by Diana Diamond.
Original post made by Mike Nguyen on Jul 4, 2006
First, she pointed out that soccer is the least sport "watched" (4%), followed by basketball, baseball and football. I agreed with her with this statistics, but this statistic is completely irrelevant with the 2 new soccer fields.
The city maintained these 2 new soccer fields, so that the kids can "participate and play" soccer. We are not interested in watching soccer, but we want soccer fields for the kids to play on.
Here's the relevant fact for Mrs. Diamond. There are about 18 millions soccer player in this country and they need fields to play on. Soccer is not the most popular "spectator" sport in this country, but it is the most "participating" sport in this country and the world.
Mrs. Diamond, we are not watching the World Cup or MLS games on these 2 fields. Our kids are playing on them and we need them.
on Jul 5, 2006 at 2:48 pm
While Palo Alto does need more playing fields the corner of Page Mill and El Camino is not where they should have been placed. This corner is a piece of prime real estate that was better suited for a hotel or another revenue producing business.
on Jul 5, 2006 at 3:58 pm
I have to second Amy's comment, while understanding and supporting the idea of playing fields...
I drove by the new, massive fields the other day and thought: Who could possibly walk here? Walking along or near El Camino isn't exactly pleasant. You don't often see strollers or families crossing El Camino.
That location would definitely have been better used, at least for revenue purposes, as some kind of commercial / hotel / other venture. El Camino just isn't the place for playing fields. I'll guess that those fields get as much use from other less walking friendly towns as from Palo Alto residents... There are a great many vacant lots, some of which are nearly the size of soccer fields, that could be put to the same use but be in walking distance of 1000s of homes.
I thought CPA was trying to be a walking town. The balance here seems off to me...
on Jul 6, 2006 at 9:47 am
Those writers who are complaining that the soccer field location could have been better used for commercial purposes apparently haven't paid attention as proposal after proposal for hotels and offices were turned down due to traffic and parking issues.
ECR isn't the most pleasant street to walk down, but I view that as a chicken and egg problem - if more people start walking down it, the city will be encouraged to make it more pleasant!
The soccer fields are within easy walking distance of the many homes in and around Palo Alto's "second downtown" near California Avenue. I consider them a fine addition to my neighborhood.