Nov 17 2019

The agenda for the November Recreation Commission meeting is focused on the Tennis Court Use for Pickleball. Residents are invited to attend the meeting in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

Recreation Commission Agenda Wednesday, November 20

  1. Approval of Minutes–October 16, 2019
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Director’s Report
  4. Review of Maintenance Practices on City Sports Fields
  5. Receipt of a Report from the Subcommittee on Tennis Court Use and Pickleball and Consideration of a Recommendation to the City Council on Next Steps

READ PICKLEBALL REPORT, PRIOR MINUTES AND AGENDA : > November Recreation Commission Meeting

Oct 23 2019


Chelle Putzer new Recreation Director

 Following a rigorous recruitment process, the City Council has selected Chelle Putzer as Recreation Director of the City of Piedmont.

Ms. Putzer was chosen unanimously by the Council from a field of 48 candidates. Her formal appointment will be considered at the City Council meeting of November 4, 2019. This selection follows interviews of six highly qualified candidates by a panel of staff and residents and the City Administrator. Following that process, the candidate field was narrowed to two, who were then interviewed by the full City Council. Ms. Putzer’s selection by the City Council was unanimous and all agreed that she will be a great asset to the community and the Recreation Department.

Ms. Putzer holds a Bachelor of Science in Health & Sport Sciences from the University of Oklahoma. For nearly six years, she has served as Recreation and Community Services Director for the City of Albany. Prior to this, she spent an additional ten years in Albany as a Recreation & Community Services Manager and Supervisor. She has also served as head softball coach at St. Mary’s College, assistant softball coach at San Jose State University, and a volunteer assistant softball coach at Stanford University.

“We are very excited to have Ms. Putzer join the Piedmont Recreation team,” said Mayor Robert McBain. “Her great experience and proven track record of leadership will help our Recreation Department continue to provide excellent programming for all ages.”

“Chelle will be a tremendous addition to the City team and will no doubt be a strong leader for the Recreation Department,” said City Administrator Sara Lillevand. “Her experience and success as the director in Albany, another small city in Alameda County, will translate well to Piedmont. I also want to recognize the commitment and significant efforts of Interim Recreation Director Erin Rivera who will remain in that role until Chelle begins in December. Erin has been and will continue to be an integral part of PRD’s leadership throughout the transition and beyond.”

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as Piedmont’s Recreation Director,” Ms. Putzer said. “I am looking forward to serving in such a wonderful, engaged and supportive community and joining Piedmont’s outstanding Recreation Department.”

Oct 6 2019

Oct 4, 2019

Piedmont Recreation Pickleball Subcommittee

c/o Erin Rivera, City of Piedmont

Re: Oct. 7, 2019 Hearing

Dear Chairman Roland and Commissioners McCarthy and Dorman,

  1. We have 166 members on the Piedmont Pickleball Group. Many days now see three and four courts going full blast with more on the weekends. The model of experienced players stopping play to teach beginners is no longer viable as most of us simply want to play. We have initiated a volunteer introductory class every Saturday morning; Les Ellis has generously offered his time and expertise. We are starting to attract experienced out of town players. We have started family courts on the weekends. We are in the process of designating recreational and competitive courts; this insures an enjoyable game for all levels. Staff is in the process of arranging professional clinics; kindly encourage this.
  2. I urge that the Linda and Hampton hours be made permanent; complaints from neighbors and tennis players are nonexistent. I request the hours at Linda be extended a modest half hour to 1pm. This will not negatively affect tennis as there are no tennis players waiting to play at Linda at this time. Hampton at 3pm has tennis players waiting and we have informally accommodated them earlier if we are not using both courts.
  3. The overly light brown Hampton pickleball lines on the tan surface are difficult and the two courts next to the baseball field become effectively unusable as shadows obscure the baselines (see two photos). Darker lines should be installed. Additionally permanent net placement marks are needed at Linda and Hampton. While usable, the Linda pickleball lines could be a bit darker.
  4. The City and private donations funded most of the re-asphalting of the PMS courts with the intent to transform the deteriorated PUSD courts into a multi-use community sports asset with pickleball being the primary addition. A reasonable person assumes the District would have a conversation with the City and an integrated stripping plan would be enacted; this was not done. The District arbitrarily striped for badminton without integrating pickleball lines. The District striping is appropriate for parking lots and not sports activities. The Badminton World Federation Handbook II 2014/15 Section 1A states badminton court striping is 40mm / 1.6” (see Badminton World Federation Sec 4.1 p1 attached). PUSD striped their PMS badminton lines twice as wide at 83mm or 3.25” (see att.). The paint used by the District has an unneeded three dimensionality to it and the lines are not sharp.I am disappointed in the District’s unilateral action. If a redo is possible, the four pickleball courts on the first two badminton venues can be restriped about two feet closer to each other so the existing basketball poles are less of an obstruction; they are in issue now if balls are hit near them.
  5. While the Linda redo is likely years off, four dedicated pickleball courts accommodating 16 players can be placed there rather than the two tennis courts accommodating 2 to 4 players. Another advantage of dedicated pickleball over tennis is that about 35% of space earmarked for tennis can be used for other uses such as a larger tot lot or other sports facilities.


Rick Schiller

Piedmont, CA

cc: Jennifer Cavenaugh

Read the full letter and see  photos by clicking below:

PCA 2019-10-07 RSschiller Rec subcomm

Sep 24 2019

 Feedback on Temporary Pickleball Trial

The Recreation Commission Subcommittee on Tennis and Pickleball is hosting a community meeting to seek feedback on the temporary eight month pickleball trial that began on April 8, 2019.

Piedmont Community Hall

711 Highland Avenue

October 7, 2019
7:30 pm

The Piedmont Recreation Commission will review the temporary trial for pickleball play at an upcoming regular meeting. Community feedback will help inform whatever recommendation the Commission ultimately makes to the City Council regarding ongoing pickleball play in Piedmont.

The eight month temporary trial which began on April 8, 2019 designated specific hours for exclusive pickleball use at the Linda Beach and Hampton tennis courts as follows, with all other times being for tennis play only:

Hampton – Wednesday and Friday 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Linda Beach- Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the renovated Piedmont Middle School (PMS) PE courts opened for weekend pickleball play and since that time, Sunday play at Beach has been suspended and replaced by weekend hours at PMS.

Please attend the community meeting and/or share your feedback via email at:


Sep 24 2019

Special Council Meeting Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm

City Hall Conference Room

The council will adjourn to a Closed Session for one agenda item:

  1. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT–Interview of Applicants (Govt. Code Sec. 54957) Title: Recreation Director


Sep 17 2019

The Recreation Commission meeting agenda includes Schoolmates, Coaches Field, Social Media and Tennis/Pickleball.

The public is invited to attend the meeting in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 18. Minutes are kept of the meeting and the meeting is broadcast live then archived on the Piedmont website. The meeting is also broadcast live on Cable Channel 27.  See staff reports linked below.

Regular Agenda

  1. Approval of Minutes–August 21, 2019
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Director’s Report
  4. Program/Staff Spotlight
  5. Schoolmates Update -Jackson Stearns
  6. Update:Harvest Festival September 22, 2019 -Jackson Stearns
  7. Update: Coaches Field–Public Works Director Staff Report
  8. Update: City Website Live/Social Media–City Clerk Staff Report
  9. Update: Tennis/Pickleball Sub Committee–Steve Roland

READ the draft minutes and staff reports > Sept 2019 Recreation Commission Packet.


Sep 4 2019

Come one and all to learn and celebrate Pickleball in Piedmont!

 Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the Official Opening for the renovated Piedmont Middle School (PMS) courts.

The Saturday event will kick-off at 10 a.m., so Picklers can bask in the glory of six available courts at Piedmont Middle School.

The Piedmont Recreation Department (PRD) is graciously providing beverages and snacks.  There will be a raffle and be sure to take one of the new Piedmont Pickleball Decals. There are tables, benches and shade trees.


Instruction: At 11 a.m. Marcia Nieshi, a sponsored 4.5 level professional Pickleball tournament player and a Level II Certified Professional Pickleball Instructor, will be giving lessons. Marcia teaches widely in California and Hawaii.

Food: While PRD is providing food, all are encouraged to bring whatever.  Anything from donut holes to fruit is welcome. No Moonshine.

Directions: PMS is located at 742 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont. You can park on Magnolia Avenue or surrounding streets. There is construction on Saturdays so parking right in front can be problematic. The badminton/pickleball courts are down the hill behind the Middle School; take the steps down to the right of the gym. Alternately there is a parking lot off El Cerrito Avenue leading to Witter Field and you can walk up; this lot is likely full on weekends. Use Google Maps.

Water Fountains Right before the 2nd set of steps is a water fountain/bottle station. There is a 2nd water fountain below at court level.

Restrooms: There are restrooms going back up PE Hill behind the first court to the left by the Waste Bins. Participants will help newcomers to find restrooms.

The normal Piedmont Pickleball schedule:

Tuesday              10:00 to 12:30  Linda Playground tennis courts
Wednesday         12:30 to 3:00    Hampton Sports Field tennis courts 
Thursday            10:00 to 12:30  Linda Playground tennis courts
Friday                 12:30 to 3:00   Hampton Sports Field tennis courts  
Saturday            10:00 to 2:00   Piedmont Middle School (“PMS”) Badminton Courts
Sunday               1:00 to 5:00     Piedmont Middle School Badminton Courts

– If a ball enters your court or you hit into another court yell “ball on,” stop play and return the ball.
– Wear court shoes, bring a hat/cap, sunblock and water. Flip-flops, sandals and street shoes are unsafe.
– Only use paddles on the approved list and the City supplied Onix type balls. Loaner paddles are provided.
– Piedmont staff will set up/tear down nets and player help is encouraged.
– If no staff person is present then all players help set up and break down the nets.
– Linda and Hampton benches are for sitting; they are not storage shelves.
– Do not coach another player unless you were asked or your offer to coach is accepted.

Sep 1 2019

Piedmont Park Commission Agenda

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

5:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Staff reports are linked below the agenda list.

1. Approval of Park Commission Minutes for August 7, 2019 

2. Consideration of a Request to Remove a Street Tree at 331 Magnolia Ave. by Eric Schen and Laurie Lau

3. Update on Annual Playground Inspections

4. Update on Lower Grand Avenue Median Landscape Improvements

>Staff reports and Park Commission Agenda_Sept.4, 2019

Aug 18 2019

The community is invited to the celebration!

The City of Piedmont, Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization, and Piedmont High School Tennis invite the entire community to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Corey Reich Tennis Center (CRTC) on Saturday, August 24th from 1-3pm. Opening ceremonies and brief remarks will be followed by a free youth clinic for ages 8-12 taught by PHS tennis players, and refreshments will be served.

While the entire project is not yet complete, the playing surface upgrade has been finished and the courts opened for Recreation Department clinic use on August 5th. The courts officially opened on August 12th for public use and Piedmont High School (PHS) practices.

“This project has been exciting and rewarding on many fronts,” said Sara Lillevand, Piedmont’s City Administrator. “The work to date has gone smoothly and now we’re thrilled to share the facility with the community who helped make it happen and proud to have the upgraded playing surface ready for the PHS Girls Tennis season.”

The balance of renovations will take place over the coming months, including installation of new bleachers for spectators and tennis court benches for players, installation of new LED lights, installation of a new drinking fountain with water bottle filler, and a permanent Wall of Champions to recognize winning teams and players from Piedmont High School tennis teams as well as a new entryway.

Fundraising efforts have yielded more than $400,000 for the project, and donations continue to be welcomed. Various sponsorship packages, on-site recognition levels, and online donation information can be found at

The new tennis center honors Corey Reich, a 2004 graduate of Piedmont High School and a member of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team. In 2007 while in college, he was diagnosed with ALS, and has served as the Assistant Coach for the Piedmont High School Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Tennis teams. Corey has been instrumental in the continued success of the PHS tennis program, whose programs have been the only ones to qualify every year for the NCS Team Championships since its inception in 1998-99.

The Corey Reich Tennis Center is located near the Piedmont Municipal Pool at the corner of Vista and Bonita Avenues in Piedmont.

Aug 18 2019

Looking for a sports program for your child to try to continue to refine skills? The Piedmont Recreation Department Sports Department (PDR) provides positive recreation experiences for Elementary and Middle School participants. These experiences help youth develop new physical and social skills in a fun, participatory and safe environment under the guidance of knowledgeable and supportive coaches. In this way PRD’s Sports Programs contribute to an individual’s physical, social, emotional, cultural and educational growth and development.

Of the many offerings, here are a few highlights:


This popular program for each elementary school provides kids an introduction to cross country running. Practices include warm-up exercises, stretching, games, agility drills and an endurance run of about one mile. Program size is limited to 25 students for each site. The season ends with a cross country meet at Witter Field for all three schools to run in some friendly competition. T-shirt included.


T/Th 9/3-10/24 from 3:15-4:15pm

Beach School 194401

Havens School 194402

Wildwood School 194403

Piedmont Middle School CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country practices foster running for endurance, improving form, warm-up exercises, cool down techniques and building core muscles through proper running mechanics! There will be meets with other middle schools where 6th graders run a mile and 7th and 8th graders run 1.25 miles. Students must be able to run one mile or twelve minutes continuously, at whatever speed, and participate at least one day a week. Piedmont Middle School enrollment is required.


Witter Track

M/Tu/Th 8/27-11/1 from 3:15-5:00pm and Wed from 2:15-3:45pm


Grow, learn, be challenged and have a blast in the Flag Football program! Develop individual and team skills and build strong comradery with teammates and coaches. This is a combined 6-8 grade program. Small teams will beheld vs. each piedmont team.

GRADE 6 194426

GRADE 7 194427

GRADE 8 194428

Piedmont Middle School enrollment is required. 

Registration required for clinics and evaluation.

Team Practice at Witter Baseball Field

M/Tu 8/26 – 10/23 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and Wed from 2:15pm – 3:45pm


Have fun and grasp the basic knowledge of the game of volleyball through engaging and high energy drills! This program will emphasize individual skill development.

GRADES 4-5 194400

Buzz Redford Gym

Wed 8/28-10/9 from 3:45pm – 5:00pm


GRADE 6 194429

Come join the fun and engaging game of volleyball! Become more knowledgeable players and develop a solid understanding of the game through individual and team drills as well as intramural scrimmages!

Buzz Redford Gym

Wed 8/28-10/11 from 2:15pm – 3:45pm and Fri from 3:30pm – 5:00pm

GRADE 7 194430

GRADE 8 194431

Grow as a volleyball player and teammate and deepen your knowledge of the game. Be challenged by coaches that are eager to see you develop and have a blast representing the Highlander Volleyball Program through engaging competition with neighboring schools! Piedmont Middle School enrollment is required.

Registration required for clinics and evaluation.


Wed 8/21 from 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Mandatory evaluations are to assess interest and skill level, no cuts.


Morrison/Buzz Gyms

8/26 – 10/17 (90 minute time blocks)

M/Tu/Th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and Wed from 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Games: Can be Mon – Th starting at 4:00, or 5:00pm

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENING TENNIS (Beginning & Intermediate/Advanced)

Work with Coach Jim Landes to improve your tennis game. You learn techniques and skills that can be used for a lifetime of tennis. Class will cover tennis fundamentals including forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves. This class is for beginners players with no or limited experience. Grouped by skill level.

Beginning  194085

Int/Adv 194086

READ the full Piedmont Recreation Department information HERE.