As the ground breaking of the San Ramon City Hall building draws near, relocation of the basketball courts that currently occupy the construction area was discussed at the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission meeting Wednesday.
"We recognize the importance of the basketball courts to the community," said Commissioner Will Doerlich. "It's really a great meeting place and it brings people from San Ramon and surrounding areas together."
Earlier this summer, city staff evaluated possible locations to move the two full-sized courts.
Staff presented four areas within Central Park where the courts could be placed.
Three of the proposed areas were deemed too close to Iron Horse Middle School, which uses portions of the park and its fields during the school day.
The fourth location is an area behind the fire station and north of the tennis courts. This space could be a viable option to place the courts, but city staff plans to continue scouting additional locations for review, according to Doerlich.
The commission wants to maintain accessibility and 24-hour lighting at the courts. The all-day lighting is what makes the Central Park courts unique in comparison to San Ramon's other lit fields and courts which all terminate lighting at 10 p.m.
Other amenities such as parking and restroom accessibility are also being reviewed as factors in finding a new suitable location.
According to Doerlich, a long-time user of the Central Park courts spoke during public comment and expressed why, in his opinion, the courts are important and valuable to the community.
The commission plans to hold future public meetings for more community input and suggestions.
No decision was made on Wednesday on the new location for the courts. However, Doerlich said commission hopes to bring a recommendation to city council by the end of this year.
"We are taking this under serious consideration and doing what we can to make the move a smooth transition," Doerlich said.