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Community Meeting on Turf Replacement at Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex

Come join the discussion at the 2nd community meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 am, at Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park Street, Berkeley and provide your input on the preferred infill material alternatives for this Artificial Turf Replacement Project.

City staff will present the selection criteria, an evaluation matrix/selection criteria on a number of viable infill materials, and rank it through the project constraints. Staff will also present the community priorities identified at the first meeting to select the best all-around product that meets the recreational needs at Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex.   See attached Community Meeting Notice.


TBRSC Community Meeting Photo

On January 28, 2017, an informational community meeting was conducted to present to the public some of the commonly used infill materials. The City presented project goals, described the constraints that the project will need to overcome, gathered the attendees’ feedback, and identified the priorities that the attendees are most concerning.  

The goal of the project is to replace the existing worn out artificial turf at the north and south soccer fields, mitigate subsurface drainage problems while meeting the key project constraints, addressing community concerns/priorities, and providing reasonable accommodation to the facility users yet delivering the project on time and on budget. 

The key project constraints include: safety of users, protection of the environment, durability, long term maintenance, initial and long term costs, and playability. 

Approximately eighteen member of the public attended this meeting. Their feedback were gathered by project team, and the following community priorities were identified.  

  • A healthier, safer infill alternative to crumb rubber 
  • Assessment of life cycle costs 
  • Consider phased field development 
  • Cost is less of a priority than safety 

 Related Attachments:     

Community Meeting Agenda

Updated Slide Show Presentation 

Meeting Notification 


For more information, contact Nelson Lam, Email: or (510) 981-6395.

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