The San Ramon Policy Committee is set to consider options for relocation of the Central Park basketball courts during its regular meeting this Wednesday (Jan. 28).
The 24-hour lighted courts were demolished last September as part of the construction of the new city hall. The Parks and Community Services Commission held three public hearings last year during which city staff presented multiple options for where to relocate the courts within Central Park.
In December, the commission voted not to accept any of the proposed relocation options suggested by city staff and concluded that there is not a viable option within Central Park to place the courts.
The discussion will now be taken up by the Policy Committee, a subcommittee of the city council that reviews certain matters and makes recommendations before the issue is brought to the full council for consideration. The group is comprised of City Manager Greg Rogers, Vice Mayor Harry Sachs and Councilman Dave Hudson.
The parks commission held its first public hearing on the issue in August, the second in October and the third last month. The layouts presented to the commission in October showed the basketball courts replacing the current tennis courts and the tennis courts being shifted down atop an adjacent soccer field.
Three of the layouts proposed in December showed the current tennis courts remaining in place and the basketball courts shifted down into a portion of the soccer field. A fourth option depicted the two single basketball courts as one full court placed directly above the existing tennis courts leaving them and the soccer field unchanged.
During the October and December public hearings, several citizen speakers expressed opposition to keeping the courts in Central Park due to frustrations with noise and the all-day lighting.
The recommendations provided to the commission in December included terminating lighting at 10 p.m. in order to address the residents concerns, according to city staff.
The basketball courts in Central Park were the only 24-hour lit sports area in the city. According to city staff, retaining the full-day lighting was previously a key factor in determining potential locations for the courts, along with parking and restroom accessibility.
Visibility, for security and safety reasons, was also a consideration when scouting areas. The police need to be able to see the courts when driving by or responding to any calls regarding activity at the courts, officials said.
The Policy Committee is set to review recommendations and alternative options for relocating the courts and provide direction to city staff this week.
The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday (Jan. 28) at 4 p.m. in city council chambers located at 2222 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.