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Astro Turf/Higher fences needed on El Camino

Original post made by Mayfield child, Ventura, on Aug 25, 2006

GREAT LOOKING......... But have you ever played soccer on astro turf and scummed to falling on it???....Your knees are the first to react, like it did to my sons..blood and scrapes made me squirmish when he pulled up off the artificial turf...........REAL GRASS should have been the order of the day...Astro turf may be fine for the fully dressed and protected football players, but not soccer.

ALSO~ The short little fences that were put up to keep the balls from exiting onto El Camino have failed ALREADY.....Twice it was observed that the ball flew over the fences in the few hours I was there........I see potential lawsuits headed the way of the City in the near future unless someone does something about the seriousness of putting up a higher fence to protect the cars in the lot and from ending up on El Camino...........................................

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 25, 2006 at 5:17 pm

According to Palo Alto Weekly, there are a few things that are still to be done and the funds are there and that includes putting up a higher fence. Also, I believe thre is to be a snack bar there!! Now, I wonder who is going to make money out of that!!!

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Posted by Erik
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 25, 2006 at 6:40 pm

Mayfield child,

You have me laughing on this one!

I stopped by the Mayfield fields the other day and talked to one of the soccer coaches. He had a few minor complaints, but rug burn was not one of them. It is a little warm, and the rubber 'sand' is an issue on a new atificial turf field (it tends to come home with the player). But the typical injuries from soccer, that happen on normal grass fields (e.g. broken bones, and sprains), are not nearly as frequent on the artificial grass fields, because they play so 'even', without potholes.

Soccer is one of the most injurious sports in the world. Many of the injuries are due to uneven playing fields. The Mayfield site is NOT Astroturf! It is synthetic 'grass' bolstered with a rubber 'sand' infill. It is an extremely even playing field. There will be many FEWER injuries compared to natural grass.

A few soccer balls into the parking lot or El Camino are not a big issue. It can probably be fixed with some higher fencing. For decades, baseballs went into traffic at Middlefield Little League park. Now, they are rare, because the fences were raised. Nevertheless, they still happen. Exactly how does a soccer ball hurt a parked car? Even moving traffic on El Camino has more serious things to worry about, namely bicycles and jaywalkers and red light runners (especialy the red light runners!). Lawsuits?! Get serious!!!!

What I hear from you is sour grapes. Why?

It is a GREAT facility, one that Palo Alto will celebrate for decades to come.

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Posted by J.Johnson
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Obviously, you haven't actually set foot on those fields. If you had, you'd know that it isn't Astroturf, it's FieldTurf. Big difference. No rug burns.

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Posted by Mayfield child
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 26, 2006 at 2:06 am

I know blood and hanging flesh when I see it..and no, I do not personally play. Good luck to you in your playing tho!
What seemed to be the problem that they did not build the fence higher the first time??????????
Thanks for letting me know that this project is not over as of yet...
Glad I could put a smile on your face!
I worried about the ball causing havoc with drivers who wouldn't see the ball coming on to El Camino and end up in a panic of "What the hell was that?" and possibly cause an accident..El Camino is one of the busiest intersections in this city and as I remembered from previous accounts, one of the most dangerous ones (many accidents there)....AND that did not include run away soccer balls!!!!!!!!!
I prefer my grapes green.....hope they will sell them at the snack bar............!
By the way, those balls at the Middlefield Little League were hit by LITTLE LEAGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to know that there is funding due to raise the fencing on El Camino. Worth every penny. Especially since the rent is right....!

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Posted by MikeW
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2006 at 8:49 pm

I´ve played soccer since I was four and field turf is a great pitch for playing, although a well-kept grass field is still the best. Nonetheless I´m very happy to see those fields there and applaud the project.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 27, 2006 at 7:46 pm


I am not the fount of all knowledge, I only repeated what I read in Palo Alto Weekly. It would make sense to me to build the fences right the first time, but I expect that in due Palo Alto fashion, studies had to be made and so on and so forth before sensible decisions were made.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2006 at 11:31 am

After having played soccer for 20 years in Palo Alto, mostly at Mitchell Park on what is supposed to be grass but is primarily dirt, sand, and weeds, the fields at Mayfield are spectactular. They aren't as nice as the grass in Stanford Stadium, but they are MUCH better than any of the grass soccer fields in Palo Alto. I'm still healing from my last game at Mitchell Park (slid on dirt), but the 3 games since then at Mayfield have been painless.

Higher nets behind the goals would be nice, though. Its a long walk from the north field around to the Wilson Sonsini parking lot when you kick it over the fence.

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Posted by pete
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 3, 2006 at 8:43 pm

The new playing field is excellent. Having played college and club rugby on this type of surface, I can attest to the fact that it is easier on the body. Fewer ankle and knee injuries are the result of an even playing surface, and athletes will find the joints cushioned.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2006 at 10:28 pm

Sod, by virtue of its transpiration, modifies the microclimate. Grass is cool, artificial turf ain't. Cool mo bettah.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 5, 2006 at 11:25 am

So just who is using these fields? Do AYSO have the use of the fields? My son's practice at Jordan has just been shortened due to the fact that Jordan residents don't want the noise after 6.00 p.m. They think that now there is a specialised soccer field in Palo Alto we won't have to use Jordan. My feeling is that this is not correct information and I wonder if there is an oversight to inform everyone of what is going on where?

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Posted by Jamal
a resident of another community
on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm

An artificial turf can be used in any type of weather conditions.Artificial turf, or synthetic turf, is a grass-like playing surface manufactured from synthetic materials.

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Posted by Jamal
a resident of another community
on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:10 pm

An artificial turf can be used in any type of weather conditions.Artificial turf, or synthetic turf, is a grass-like playing surface manufactured from synthetic materials.

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Posted by Paly reporter
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Paly just installed a turf field.
To read about the article, go to:

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