Why has the CSD ignored 200 petitioners who object to th 4400 square foot Maintenance Compound? We simply want an open process to discuss the best options for our beloved Marinwood Park. When we will lose this beautiful section of park next to Miller Creek, it is gone forever. Is this the legacy we leave our children?
Crews scrape grass from the soccer field at McKegney Green in Tiburon last May. The work was part of a renovation project on the field. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)
By MATTHEW PERA | email@example.com |
PUBLISHED: October 1, 2018 at 9:38 am | UPDATED: October 1, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Tiburon residents concerned about the aesthetics of what some call the town’s “crown jewel” have helped stifle the construction of a storage shed near Blackie’s Pasture — at least for now.
The proposed 600-square-foot shed, which officials estimate would cost about $200,000, would have housed equipment used to maintain McKegney Green — the soccer field under renovation south of Blackie’s Pasture — and other parts of Richardson Bay Lineal Park.
The field, a sand-based alternative to typical athletic turf, is set to open to the public in March, according to Greg Chanis, Tiburon’s town manager. He called the project 90 percent complete, but said officials are waiting until after the rainy season until they allow play on the field.
Tiburon’s already-stretched parks staff will soon have to spread its time even more thinly to keep up with maintenance at the field, officials said. The construction crew working on the $2 million renovation is still maintaining McKegney as it completes the project, but will hand that duty over to the town later this month.
Storing tools and other maintenance items — including a mower, an aerator, fuel and fertilizer — in a shed near the field would cut down on time spent lugging that equipment between the park and the town’s corporation yard, which are about 2 miles apart, according to Chanis.
Members of the Tiburon Planning Commission said last week they didn’t like the location of the proposed shed, tucked behind public restrooms at the Richardson Bay Lineal Park near Blackie’s Pasture. The park, in a prime location along the bay, isn’t suitable for a storage facility, some said, echoing concerns from community members.
Carla Rivera, who lives across the street from the park, called the shed an “industrial use” facility at a public park and opposed the project.
“This is really going to impact the views that we have,” she said.
Kathy McLoud said the site could be put to better use.
“It’s our park, and a permanent structure just nails the coffin in anything we could ever do there.”
Holly Thier, a member of the Tiburon Town Council, called Blackie’s Pasture the town’s “crown jewel.” She told commissioners last week she thought the shed “unnecessary” and urged them to oppose the project.
“Tonight you’re about to make history,” she said. “Tonight is the most important vote that will ever come before you in your lifetime probably. Blackie’s Pasture defines Tiburon. It’s the soul of our community. … Tonight you will define how our community is going to look for future generations.” See full story HERE