That is indeed the question.
And the answer to that question may come as soon as this Monday April 13, when the San Carlos City Council will likely decide whether or not to move ahead with replacing the aging grass field at Highlands Park with a new all-weather, synthetic surface. In what must seem like “deja vu all over again,” (to use Yogi Berra’s words) a pro-turf contingency will once again square off against the very effective and well organized anti-turf group at a City Council Meeting. Does this sound like a broken record? (Or for you younger ones, a scratched CD?) It is.
We’ve been down this road before.
Lest anyone think that I have a vested interest in this either way, I don’t. When Round I of the Turf Wars took place eons ago, I had three kids playing soccer in one league or another in San Carlos. Would I have benefited from an all-weather field the first time this issue was tabled? Sure. But today, my remaining soccer player will be likely be in college before the first shovel of dirt gets turned over at Highlands. So like many others who are growing weary of this hanging over 600 Elm Street like a dark cloud, I would just like to see the issue settled…once and for all.
So…All Weather Turf, or Grass?
That’s the question that has caused me to take an unprecedented step on the White Oaks Blog — to run TWO POLLS at once. (Because I’m not taking down the Measure B poll until the vote is over. It’s just starting to get interesting now….) So cast your vote at the top left corner of the site. And don’t forget to attend Monday’s City Council Meeting if you want to see what will hopefully be the final edition of “Turf Wars.” If the previous hearings were any indication, plan on staying very late.
The City just posted a really good, concise time-line of the entire history of the all-weather turf discussions in San Carlos . Click here for the article: Athletic Fields – Evaluation and Consideration of Options.
Other recent news articles on this topic:
San Mateo County Times: San Carlos expected to OK artificial turf for Highlands Park.
Early on the morning of April 14th, the City Council voted 4:1 to move forward with installation of all-weather turf on Highlands Field in San Carlos. Here’s an article from Michelle Durand of the Daily Journal with all of the details: Turf Battle Ends.
It will be interesting to see if this is truly the end of the debate, or if might get its day in a courtroom….
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