Commission considers sports field after fallen officer

October 25, 2010 1:55:12 PM PDT
Supporters of a plan to build a new all-weather sports field in East Palo Alto will attend a Planning Commission meeting tonight to rally support for the project.

The Rich May Foundation, named after an East Palo Alto police officer who was killed in the line of duty in January 2006, is applying for a conditional use permit to build the soccer, football and rugby field at 1425 Bay Road.

"Rich was always working with kids, always doing things with kids," May's sister and foundation executive director Tami McMillan said.

The foundation has raised nearly $3 million to cover construction costs and an annuity that would pay for the field's maintenance, McMillan said.

The property for the proposed sports field lies behind Cesar Chavez Academy on land owned in part by the Ravenswood City School District, which supports the project.

"The school would have access to the field from 7 to 4," McMillan said. She said the rest of the community would have "100 percent access" before and after school hours.

The Planning Commission will consider the project at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7 p.m., at 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.


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