On Tuesday, the Oakley City Council is set to discuss the idea of including a polo field as part of the plan for the park.
If the council decides to go forward with a polo field, it sits at 300-yards by 160-yards and would change the concept plan previously approved. The park is located at the end of Jersey Island Road.
Within the two drawings provided in the staff report, baseball fields would be reduced from 3 fields down to 2. It would eliminate most of the open meadow, picnic areas, concession/restrooms shade structures, and other changes would need to be made. In a second drawing, it would keep all three ball-fields, but would lose the open meadow and other park features.
Currently, the Oakley Regional Park is sitting on 55-acres which includes ballpark fields, trails, picnic areas, playground and the restoration of the Gilbert House. It will also include supportive amenities such as parking, access roads, and restrooms. The cost sits at an estimated $60 million.
According to the agenda, the item comes before the council as Mayor Sue Higgins was approached by Oakley resident, Claude-Alix Bertrand, who was an International Polo Player and who is currently a Haitian ambassador for UNESCO, a sector of the United Nations which aims to provide international collaboration through education, science and culture. The Ambassador has toured the regional park site and believes there may be interest to develop a portion of the park site with a polo field.
The purpose of this work session is to see if the City Council has a desire to potentially locate a polo field at the regional park site. If there is interest, the Ambassador will then see if he can generate any financial commitments from polo tournament sponsors that in turn could be used to construct the polo field.
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The Oakley City Council will meet next on Sept 14 beginning at 6:30 pm.
This project has been in the works since 2002 when the Dutch Slough Memorandum of Understanding occurred with the idea of a 55-acre community park—this includes the 27-acre Burroughs Property and the 8-acre parcel to the north end of Jersey Island Road.
Back on October 21, 2018 the restoration of the wetlands at Dutch Slough broke ground which will transform 1,187 acres around the proposed park.
Previous Staff Reports on this item: