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Portola Valley: Raising money for Ford Field

The Portola Valley Town Council will review this week a progress report on fundraising for a proposed $540,000 renovation of Ford (baseball) Field. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

About $254,000 of the total is not yet firmly accounted for, and the town could be on the hook for what it does not raise in donations if it awards bids.

Weighing heavily on the town is a preference for groundbreaking in June so the renovation can be far enough along before the rains start, but this is also a concern for other projects in the region that are competing for contractors.

The Sand Hill Foundation has promised to match $100,000 in donations from the community. So far, the community has given $1,800, a staff report says.

The report answers a key question: The council had asked whether $50,000 pledged by the Alpine-West Menlo Little League could go toward that $100,000 goal. It cannot, said a foundation representative.

The Little League commitment came before the offer of the matching grant, said Executive Director Ash McNeely. "The challenge is to new prospective donors," she said.

Comments

Posted by HeadScratcher, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

As the town and Alpine LL embark on a lofty plan to re-do Ford Field, currently configured as a baseball diamond, I'm wondering if this is really the best use of this space.

Participation in Little League Baseball has been waning dramatically over the past several seasons with players electing for Lacrosse. Just 3 seasons ago, Alpine LL Majors (by far the heaviest user of the field) were able to field 10 full teams with many players not making the cut from Minors to Majors. In the current season, the league was only able to field 7 full teams with virtually zero players on the list of prospective players.

I suggest the town take a look at perhaps making Ford Field the premier LACROSSE field in the area.


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