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For Immediate Release

Redwood City Playing Fields to be Closed for Annual Repair and Rest

Redwood City, CA - December 4, 2003 - Beginning the week of December 8, four playing fields at Redwood City’s Red Morton Park will be closed to the public during renovation. McGarvey, Bechet, Griffin, and the Mitchell/49er fields will all be undergoing their annual repair and restoration, during which public access will not be available. Signage noting the closures will be placed on-site. The City apologizes for any inconvenience that these closures may cause.

All fields will be fenced to prevent access so that work can take place, and to give these natural-turf fields a chance to regenerate and re-grow. These fields are expected to re-open to public use by March 1, 2004.

The work that will take place includes aeration of the turf and soil, adding sand to improve soil and drainage, re-seeding for a fuller turf, and fertilizer application. The end result will be healthier, fuller, and higher-quality playing fields for the Redwood City community.

In comparison, the artificial turf at Hoover Sports Field does not require the rest and renovation that natural turf needs each year. With superior drainage capacity and the ability to withstand higher levels of use, this field will not require any wet-weather closures during the winter.

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Fair Oaks Community Center, providing social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at

Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

Contact: Mike Gibbons
Redwood City Parks
(650) 780-7250


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