'Rich May Field' planned for East Palo Alto

Long-discussed plan for all-weather field is funded, comes before city Planning Commission

Supporters of a plan to build a new all-weather sports field in East Palo Alto will attend a Planning Commission meeting tonight to rally support for the project.

The Rich May Foundation, named after an East Palo Alto police officer who was killed in the line of duty in January 2006, is applying for a conditional use permit to build the soccer, football and rugby field at 1425 Bay Road.

"Rich was always working with kids, always doing things with kids," May's sister and foundation Executive Director Tami McMillan said.

The foundation has raised nearly $3 million to cover construction costs and an annuity that would pay for the field's maintenance, McMillan said.

The property for the proposed sports field lies behind Cesar Chavez Academy on land owned in part by the Ravenswood City School District, which supports the project.

"The school would have access to the field from 7 to 4," McMillan said. She said the rest of the community would have "100 percent access" before and after school hours.

The Planning Commission will consider the project at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7 p.m., at 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

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Posted by fyjdfyjf
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm

jail killer cops

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:39 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Build the new Ravenswood High School there.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

This story saddens me. I saw a news report on tv. Those who object to it are not looking at the whole picture. They say that they have no objections to having a field, but they are worried about traffic and parking. There will always be traffic and parking problems when an amenity is proposed. The point about EPA is that if the residents truly want a better future for the youth of their community then they should be 100% behind this field. Those who are against it must be questioned as to whether they really want to solve the problems in their community.

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