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|San Mateo County, CA||November 7, 2006 Election|
Sports Fields in Menlo Park
By Heyward RobinsonCandidate for Member, City Council; City of Menlo Park
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By working together, we can meet our needs for sports and recreation facilities in a timely, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible manner.As a parent, referee, and long-time coach in our youth sports programs, I understand our community's high demand for recreational facilities. Providing our kids with opportunities for participating in recreational activities is a high priority for me. As your Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I co-authored the City's recent report that highlighted the region's field shortage. And I have created fields before, successfully negotiating with Stanford University to build the playing fields along Sand Hill Road.
On the Council, I will make it a priority to address our field shortage, considering all possibilities and working with neighboring communities. If Measure J passes, I will listen to the voters and investigate thoroughly the possibility of locating fields at Bayfront Park. Throughout the process I will ensure that any consultants hired to advise the city are independent, and don't serve as both advisors and project bidders. When comparing options I will consider not only the cost of building or renovating any facilities, but also the cost of maintaining the facilities, in order to ensure a long-term solution.
And I will balance all of our recreational needs to create fields without sacrificing long-awaited Measure T projects such as the new gym for our gymnastics and basketball programs.
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