News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/10/2008
Subject :

Town Hall Meeting July 15 on Cubberley Football Field Renovation Project
Contact : Greg Betts, Interim Director of Community Services Dept.    650-463-4951
Palo Alto,CA --  The Community Services Department will host an evening town hall meeting on July 15 to discuss the renovation of the football field at the Cubberley Community Center and obtain community input. The meeting will be held in Room H1 at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road at 7 PM.

The City is embarking on a capital improvement project to replace the existing turf at the Cubberley Community Center football field with an all-weather synthetic turf similar to the playing surface installed three years ago at the Stanford/Palo Alto Community Playing Fields (El Camino at Page Mill Road) and planned for Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School. 

The new playing surface is optimal for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other field sports and has the advantages of not requiring the mowing, aerating, fertilizing and watering of a sod turf. Once installed, the turf field will result in a significant reduction in maintenance and water costs and remain open year round, thus avoiding the annual three month closure required for renovation of natural turf.

The City of Palo Alto Community Services Department is working closely with landscape architects who specialize in field design to create a field that will provide the community with the safest and best playing surface possible, including the use of natural material infill, such as "Ital green" or crushed husks with no potential for chemical release to field users or the environment.

As part of the early stages of the design process, City staff has already met with a small group of neighborhood association representatives, neighbors adjoining the fields, community center patrons and field users to listen to ideas and concerns about keeping the fields as a real community asset. This town hall meeting will provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the project and have a chance to ask questions about the benefits of synthetic turf fields.
To learn more about this upcoming project, attend the informal town hall meeting on July 15 or contact Greg Betts at 650-463-4951.