Retention of Recreational & Open Space – Position Paper

December 3, 2015

  • Mayor Maureen Freschet
  • Deputy Mayor Jack Matthews
  • Council Member Joe Goethals
  • Council Member David Lim
  • Council Member Rick Bonilla

Re: Retention of Recreational & Open Space

Dear Mayor and City Council Members:

We, the Board of Directors of Beresford Hillsdale Neighborhood Association (BHNA), would like to voice our concern on behalf of the thousands of residents we represent in the southwestern portion of the City of San Mateo, for the preservation of and commitment to recreational and open space within our city boundaries.

We spotlight these concerns to you, our elected official representatives, regarding changes which have resulted in continued and sustained impacts on the quality of life aspects which originally brought your constituents to this community.

In the recent past, we have seen the following open or recreational spaces either threatened or redeveloped in our city or region:

  • Bridgepointe Ice Rink
  • Central Park Baseball Field
  • Central Park Tennis Courts
  • Malibu Castle Golf & Games
  • Malibu Grand Prix

The regional losses, to date, have not been replaced with other recreational space, which is a loss to San Mateo residents and the surrounding community. Additionally, funds from the sale of recreational or open space used to improve already existing recreational or open space, rather than to procure or create new recreational or open space, is insufficient and still considered a loss.

The Board of Directors of BHNA would like to officially ask you, our city leaders, to always approach your decisions regarding open space and recreational space with an all-encompassing view of the current and future needs of city residents. In growing our City, open and recreational space is at a premium, and any given away or converted without full replacement is irretrievable. As our population increases, so does our need to have these spaces available for San Mateo residents and their families. We urge you to ensure that the quality of life in our community does not erode due to lost recreational or open space.

We further urge you, as representatives of our City, to ensure that this priceless space never be allowed to be negotiated away. It is our opinion that it is not an acceptable practice for the City to negotiate with developers or other entities when the desired result of that developer or other entity is the elimination of a current or proposed open space or recreational commitment.

Finally, we urge you to weigh any and all decisions carefully in regard to open and recreational space, and its impact on the quality of life of San Mateo residents. Its value to the community is incalculable.

Sincerely,

Lisa Taner

President

Beresford Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

president@beresfordhillsdale.org

 

cc: City of San Mateo Planning Commission Members