The Piedmont Recreation Commission will hold the second of two public hearings on use of the Beach Playfield today at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., with an eye to controlling frequent use of the field by an informal group of adult soccer players.
The first public hearing was held July 18.
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, City Councilmember Garrett Keating says, "The use restrictions we previously adopted were ignored by a group of adult players and have proven problematic for the Police Department to enforce. The field monitor worked for awhile but the group returned after that program ended.
"The proposal coming forward will allow adult games on half of the field while leaving the other half available for kids and families. Seems like a good way to share the field."
The public is invited to comment in person tonight. Written comments may be directed to Dick Hunt, Chairman, Piedmont Recreation Commission, 358 Hillside Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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