About Mulcahy Field …
I was disappointed to read in The Union that the Alta Hill Homeowners Association still isn’t in agreement with the proposed park at Mulcahy Field. We seemed to be headed toward a real neighborhood park, one for the use of the Alta Hill Homeowners Association only.
The history of this project seems to be one of concessions from the city of Grass Valley to accommodate the concerns of the local residents over traffic, noise and lights. Now it is the size of the park and apparently the size of the one regulation or full size soccer field that is at issue. At previous city meetings one full-size field was acceptable to the association. Their attention is turned toward the soccer community, but over the course of a year the park will have more use by the basketball, volleyball and picnicking contingency than it will from the soccer horde. The amount of players using the fields can easily be controlled through the Parks and Recreation Department.
We in western Nevada County traverse many neighborhoods in pursuit of recreation, jobs, shopping, education, etc. How many children and adults who live in the Alta Hill neighborhood commute to other neighborhoods as part of their daily activities? Shouldn’t we be putting the best interest of the western Nevada County community above the desires of a neighborhood?
Space for organized recreational activities is at a premium in western Nevada County. More fields for all sports are needed. These activities are important to our community to keep it healthy and energetic, and keep our youth away from other mischievous activities that can lead to criminal activities.
If the members of the Alta Hill Homeowners Association want to retain the quaintness of their neighborhood I would suggest that they as an association acquire the property from the city of Grass Valley at “best-use” fair market value and develop the property as they want. This would allow the city of Grass Valley to look somewhere else for land to develop a park that will benefit the whole community.
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