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San Ramon committee to discuss Central Park basketball courts

Meeting follows trio of hearings on relocation of 24-hour lighted courts

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.

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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.

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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.

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San Ramon committee to discuss Central Park basketball courts

Meeting follows trio of hearings on relocation of 24-hour lighted courts

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Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015, 5:52 pm

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.

Comments

ddmom
San Ramon
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:51 am
ddmom, San Ramon
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

I hope the city decides to rebuild the basketball courts somewhere in Central Park. My boys played basketball there many nights with no problems. It's sad that the city took something away from the kids and the community so they could have new city offices. What's going to built to the left of the new city offices? Perhaps locate the courts there somehow.


Resident
San Ramon
on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:18 am
Resident, San Ramon
on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:18 am

I don't understand where "left" is. When facing the new City Hall, left is the Iron Horse Trail. Use north, south, east and west to be unambiguous.


Michael
San Ramon
on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm
Michael, San Ramon
on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

It wasn't just kids who played at Bollinger. This place had legendary history -- hosting college level competiton was commonplace.

As someone who played basketball there frequently, I can assure you this wasn't a place where "trouble-makers" hung out, as uninformed critics would have you believe. On the contrary - Bollinger was a haven for the after-work crowd, for relatives, for serious ballers to hone their craft against some of the areas best competition. Sportsmanship, friendship, and community were its character traits. You can't see that from a distance or just by driving by. This place had a legacy and some selfish members of the San Ramon gov't chose to 1) ignore that and 2) foolishly had no Plan B. That's just plain irresponsible and I hope they have the sense to rectify it.


Sam
San Ramon
on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:55 am
Sam, San Ramon
on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

Find a place to put the courts and get them built. How about behind the tennis courts?


Steve
San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:19 am
Steve, San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:19 am

Behind the tennis courts would be great.


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