Pleasanton City Council will finalize the site for a new cricket pitch at Ken Mercer Sports Park during Tuesday’s council meeting.
City officials are recommending one of three proposed locations for the field based on feedback from community and sports organizations provided to the Parks and Recreation Commission at its Aug. 11 meeting.
The staff preferred option would include an oval cricket pitch with a radius of 195 feet parallel to the field and 180 feet perpendicular to the field.
“Based on sports user group feedback, Parks and Recreation Commission guidance, and field and pitch size information from neighboring cities, staff are recommending that the City Council select Site Option 2 for a cricket pitch at Ken Mercer Sports Park, with an oval shape to accommodate this.” enable both young people and adults to play,” says the employee report.
The idea of building a cricket pitch in a city park originally came from the 2014 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which recommended that the city “continue working with youth sports organizations to provide safe and accessible programs.”
Cricket was specifically mentioned as one of these schemes and based on community input, the City Council at its 28 April 2021 meeting unanimously supported the location and construction of a cricket pitch in Pleasanton.
However, according to the employee report, the recommended option was not the preferred option of the survey participants.
That being said, some of the challenges the proposed field poses to the rest of the park include adjustments to the grading and drainage of the court where the field would be located, as well as the complete removal of the Hard Ball B field and associated fences, backstops and grandstands.
Also, due to the placement of the field and its overall diameter, Soccer Field 6 would not be accessible while cricket matches are in progress and the city’s adult softball program would be reduced.
The city council needs to weigh the other two options in the park, which city officials said also have their own pros and cons. Once approved, the city will use the $500,000 budgeted for the project under the Capital Improvement Program to fund construction.
One of the city’s four duty landscape architects will be used for the design work and the construction contract will be submitted to the city council for review and approval.
The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (September 6). You can access the full agenda here.
In other shops
* City officials will ask the Council to suspend the PFAS Treatment and Well Restoration Project, which aims to rehabilitate or replace the city’s well systems, and provide direction for further evaluation to extend their useful lives as reliable water sources.
PFAS, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyls, are widespread and persistent chemicals whose components degrade very slowly over time, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Pleasanton owns and operates three well systems which provide approximately 20% of the city’s annual water supply. The remaining annual water supply is purchased from Zone 7 Water Agency.
According to the employee report, the city’s fountain systems are reaching the end of their useful life and need to be rehabilitated or replaced. PFAS chemicals were also found in all three rigs.
On June 15, the council authorized staff to proceed with the final draft for the PFAS treatment and well rehabilitation project, but is now asking the council to suspend implementation of the project for a number of reasons.
One of the main reasons is that the construction costs for two wells of US$5.2M and US$2.4M respectively could increase by 30% due to the impact of recent inflationary tendencies on the tendering market.
Another reason is that the city does not own or operate a water treatment plant and the PFAS treatment plant requires additional staff and has significant annual operating costs.
“The proposed further evaluation would estimate the capital and annual costs associated with alternatives and compare them to the cost impact for the PFAS treatment and well rehabilitation project,” the staff report reads. “The approved project budget is $4,340,000. Total project expenditures are approximately $2,000,000 through July 2022.”
If the council decides not to pause the project, the first construction-related contracts are due to start in early 2023, with project completion estimated for 2025.
* The council will consider a resolution authorizing the city manager to install solar and battery power systems in critical city facilities in partnership with East Bay Community Energy.
EBCE is the power generation provider for Pleasanton. It offers a variety of local development programs that invest in renewable energy and recently invited the city to participate in a procurement program that will provide energy-resilient public facilities through the deployment of solar and battery storage systems in critical community facilities.
“Participation in this program would increase the potential for on-site solar generation, advance Pleasanton’s climate change mitigation goals, and prepare select critical facilities for public safety shutdown events, power outages and other potential power outages,” according to the employee report.
According to the report, the adoption of the resolution would have no fiscal implications.
Instead, the city will be required to pursue solar and battery storage systems through a power purchase agreement with the EBCE if the city determines that the project’s cost-effectiveness translates to benefits to the city’s budget and services to the community.