On Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and September 19, the Piedmont Recreation Commission will hear testimony
to improve the utilization of Beach Playfield. Groups of adults have frequently dominated field use and discouraged use by neighborhood youths and families. Persistant neighborhood concerns have included scheduling, safety and access for casual play on weekends after organized use by the Piedmont Soccer Club/Baseball-Softball groups.
In 2007, after public hearings the Recreation Commission recommended modifications to the Beach Playfield Use Restrictions. In February 2008, the City Council approved new rules limiting adult use of the playfield by groups of 12 or more persons 21 years of age or older concurrently participating in the same activity (ies) or game (s).
Again in 2010 and 2011 the Recreation Commission held public hearings on the Beach Playfield. Decisions on rule changes or modifications were not made pending the establishment of a park monitor program to document use patterns.
The Commission will now
consider rule revisions at the July 18 and September 19 hearings, including a rule dividing the playfield into two equally sized “east” and “west” fields with one of the fields being designated only for children and families. Safety between the two fields has not been described.
The Recreation Commission hearings to solicit public comment will be held on Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, California.
Written comments may be directed to Dick Hunt, Chairman, Piedmont Recreation Commission, 358 Hillside Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611 or email@example.com. The
After the Recreation Commission consideration, their recommendation will be made to the City Council for any use modifications.
For further information, contact Recreation Director Mark Delventhal at 420-3073.