All-Weather Turf Installation
What in essence marks the end of a decade-long battle that pitted neighbor versus neighbor in San Carlos, the Planning Department has issued permits for the removal and grading of the existing field at Highlands Park, which is the first step in the transforming the field from a natural grass field to a synthetic, all-weather surface. According to this announcement on the City website, the contractor has been given the notice to proceed for the removal of the existing field, and work is expected to begin within the next 10 days.
For those of you not familiar with the all-weather turf saga, the idea to resurface one or more of the athletic fields in San Carlos was tabled nearly 10 years ago as a way to accommodate the increasing usage of the limited number of athletic fields in the City. The topic was debated fiercely for nearly a decade in City Council meetings, in the press, and even in the courtroom. But while other cities on the Peninsula forged ahead and installed all-weather surfaces on their playing fields, San Carlos remained one of the few communities without a stitch of all-weather turf..until now.
Earlier this year the City Council, expecting a positive outcome from the anti-turf camp’s last efforts to legally block the turf, awarded a contract to replace the playing surface at Highlands Park. So here we are.
Proceed With Caution.
As is noted in the announcement, there will be quite a few trucks and equipment in the area while the construction is in process, and the tennis courts will be inaccessible during this time. So if you don’t need to be up at Highlands Park for the near-term, it’s probably advisable to steer clear of the area.
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