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Sports field measure a reasonable idea

Original post made by Sheri Simmons, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Oct 18, 2006

I think it's very reasonable to ask the Menlo Park City Council to "further investigate" building sports fields on only 10 percent of Bayfront Park, which is what Measure J allows.
Those who point to alternatives such as putting grass over parking lots at Kelly Field in Belle Haven have apparently never tried to park there on a busy soccer Saturday. The other suggestion for upgrading and reconfiguring fields at Menlo Park schools to increase supply shows a lack of awareness that we are about to embark on a complete reconfiguring and classroom/facility expansion at our schools (funded by voter-approved Measure U bonds).
The likelihood of extra field space emerging on our limited school campuses given our high enrollment growth is wishful thinking. If opponents to Measure J had a real plan for how to expand field space in Menlo Park, why haven't we seen it?
I urge my fellow citizens to educate themselves and rise above the fear tactics used by opponents of Measure J. The project, if feasible, would comply with all safety and environmental regulations.
Please, put our children's needs first -- vote yes on Measure J.

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Posted by MP voter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Oct 22, 2006 at 9:28 am

I think it's very reasonable to ask the Menlo Park City Council to listen to and follow the reccommendations of our Parks and Recreation Commission, which spent many many months studying the field situation in Menlo Park. This Commission was given just a few minutes to present the findings of this report to the Council. And then the Council put forth their own idea - part of their continued push to develop Bayfront Park.

With treatment like this, it's amazing we can find anyone to volunteer to serve on a commission in this city.

The Council has already spent $30-40k to put this advisory measure on the ballot. They want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more investigating whether Bayfront is the solution to our fields problem? It's clearly not. Why don't they look to their own experts, and implement some of their suggestions first?

Measure J isn't really about our children. It's a sham put forth by Duboc and Wnkler in an attempt to get the soccer families out to vote for them.

Menl Park voters are smarter than that. Vote No on J. And vote in some real leaders who will make open, honest decisions that work for all of us.

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Posted by Pragmatic
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 23, 2006 at 12:35 am

What are some of the actual and practical alternatives to building sports fields at Bayfront Park?

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