Final Hearing on Beach Playfield Thursday

The Recreation Commission is expected to make a recommendation on restrictions to use of the Beach Playfield at its Nov. 15 meeting.

The Piedmont Recreation Commission will hold its final public hearing Thursday on restrictions to use of the Beach Playfield and then likely make a recommendation to the city council.

According to city staff, one concept to be considered would limit full field adult play to certain limited hours and to restrict play at all other times to to half-field use.

"This would include establishing two equally sized fields in the east to west orientation (Linda Avenue toward Howard Avenue) with one of the fields being designated for use by children and families only," according to the notice of the public hearing.

Neighbors and families with children have complained for several years about the adult players who show up regularly, especially on pleasant Saturday and Sunday afternoons, for vigorous soccer games.

In February 2008, the Piedmont 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 or game, including substitutes or alternatives but excluding coaches or spectators.

After more discussion in 2010 and 2011, recreation commissioners decided to leave the situation as it was, pending the results of a park monitoring program.

However, the monitoring program ended and complaints remained.

Thursday's hearing is the third one this year.

The commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the City Hall Council chambers, 120 Vista Ave. The hearing notice is attched as a PDF above.

What do you think of the proposed restrictions at Beach Playfield? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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garrett Keating November 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Staff proposes that adult full field play on Beach be allowed between 4:00 and 5:30 PM on Sundays. For example, the large men’s game that is occurring on the field now will only be allowed during these hours. Adults may play half-field casual competitive games at all other times the field is not reserved or closed. For example, the women's half-field game that occurs on Sunday mornings. Other than Sundays between 4:00 and 5:30, adult games can only take up one of the two half fields at any given time.
Rick Schiller November 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The most regrettable aspect of all this is the resident families and groups that have played by the rules have been forced out. After at least several years of problems from these rogue groups of aggressive soccer players, a local ordinance was passed in early 2008 limiting adult play to groups of 12. In 4 1/2 years that law was never enforced, not once. I saw groups that were obviously 18 or more adults and the City received numerous comments from others. So whatever plan is enacted, the critical issue remains of the Recreation Department, City Administration and Police supporting and enforcing. And had this problem emerged at any other field in town, would it have gone on for years with local ordinances being ignored and local fields being hijacked?


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