Oct 19 2015

$1.5 Million Hampton Field Improvements Public Hearing: Oct. 21

Piedmont Recreation Commission

  PUBLIC HEARING > Hampton Field Master Plan and Expenditure of City Funds

Wednesday, October 21, 2015  – 7:30 pm

City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue 

a. Presentation from Consultant William Harris

b. Public Testimony

c. Consideration of Recommendation to the City Council to Proceed with Construction of the Hampton Field Master Plan in a Single Phase

  Staff Report Consider recommending to the City Council to proceed with construction of the Master Plan for Hampton Park/Field in a single phase.

BACKGROUND: This project has been under consideration by the City of Piedmont since 2005. Public Hearings were held in October 2006 and January 2007. Joint Recreation and Park Commission meetings were held in June and July 2007 and again in April 2008.

Council approved the Master Plan on June 2, 2008. The project was then sidelined due to budgetary constraints. In March 2014, Council awarded a contract to Harris Design Architecture to complete construction documents.

From June through August 2014, the Capital Improvement Project Review Committee (CIP) considered possible projects for Measure WW funds.

On September 15, 2014, Council directed staff to proceed with the implementation of the Hampton Park Improvements, with primary focus on the refurbishment of all of the hardscape areas related to the tennis, basketball & handball courts and associated drainage improvements for these areas (Phase I) with the intent that this project be submitted for Measure WW Local Grant Funds; and resolved further, that staff be encouraged to pursue private fundraising to complete the Hampton Park Improvement Plan in its entirety.

On June 15, 2015, the City received notification from the East Bay Regional Park District that our Measure WW Grant application for Hampton Park Improvements had been approved in the amount of $507,325.

The total cost of Phase I is estimated at $732,685 with the difference between $507,325 and $732,685  payed for by the City.

Currently, this project is slated to be completed in two phases. Phase I includes the hardscape areas described above and will be funded by the Measure WW grant. Phase II includes the grassy field, adjacent areas and associated drainage. Phase II currently is not funded. In order to minimize impact on Recreation Department and Piedmont Sports Club programming; to reduce overall project costs; and to shorten overall project duration; Staff recommends investigation into possible funding sources to allow the Hampton Field Master Plan to be completed in a single phase.

The total cost for Phase I and II has been estimated at approximately $1.5 million. 

“Piedmont Sports Field Master Plan Renovation Mr. Bill Harris of Harris Landscape Design, displayed colored renderings of the proposed Master Plan renovation of Hampton Park/Piedmont Sports Field. It was noted that this proposed Master Plan renovation was extensively reviewed by both the Park and Recreation Commissions beginning in 2006 and on July 11, 2007, both Commissions recommended Council approval of the proposed plan. The proposed renovation is estimated to cost between $1.3 and $1.5 Million and involves comprehensive improvements to the park’s drainage system, playfield surface, tennis and basketball courts, landscaping, pathways and entrances and PlaySchool play area.

Council approved the Master Plan under Resolution 46-08 on June 2, 2008. The project was then sidelined due to budgetary constraints. In March of 2014, Council awarded a contract to Harris Design Architecture to complete construction documents.

No substantive changes have been made to the Master Plan approved in 2008. Architect, Bill Harris of Harris Design Architecture will present the 100% complete plan at this meeting.


Public testimony is invited. Written comments should be directed to the Recreation Director at    slillevand@ci.piedmont.ca.us  For further information, contact Recreation Director Sara Lillevand at 420-3073.

If recommended to the Council by the Recreation Commission, consideration and approval by the Council is required.  Budgetary demands, resident concerns, and timing are relevant to the final Council decision.


The Recreation Commission meeting will be available for remote viewing via Piedmont’s KCOM Channel 27 cable or the City’s website.

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