KING CITY — King City Council has endorsed an improvement plan for local sports fields that have deteriorated over the years from overuse and insufficient maintenance.
At its Oct. 9 meeting, the council approved the King City Sports Field Improvement Plan, which outlines a number of strategies to improve sports fields over the next couple of years while enhancing maintenance on an ongoing basis to keep them in better condition.
“Due to overuse and lack of sufficient funds for maintenance, several of the City’s sports fields are in poor condition,” said City Manager Steve Adams in a news release Friday.
According to Adams, the new plan requires a number of sports fields to be closed temporarily every one to two years for maintenance and recovery.
City Park Softball Field will be the first to receive an upgrade, with leveling and reseeding of the turf. The field will be closed to public use from Oct. 15 until April 29, 2019, during the renovation.
The project is in partnership with the Adult Softball League, which is coordinating the overhaul and providing the majority of resources and labor.
“This project is an example of what makes King City such a special community because our residents are so willing to share their resources and skills to improve the quality of life for everyone that lives here,” said Mayor Mike LeBarre.
Next up will be the San Antonio Park fields, which will be closed for minor turf improvements from Jan. 15 through March 31, 2019.
This will be followed by a major renovation of the Creek Bridge Soccer Park, planned for late 2019. Sponsors and donations are being sought in the meantime, and the council has also approved a park-naming program for any major sponsor willing to fund the entire project.
Adams said the City appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation during implementation of these improvements.
“Unfortunately, given the growth of youth and adult sports, periodic field closures has become a common practice in most jurisdictions in order to maintain fields in a safe and quality condition,” he said. “It also represents a major commitment to recreation, quality of life and youth in the community.”
View the Sports Field Improvement Plan online at www.kingcity.com.