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City of Redwood City Begins Park Renovations

Red Morton field replacement and solar installations are two of many projects to begin this winter

Post Date:11/10/2015 10:30 AM

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2015

Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office


Redwood City, Calif.--The City of Redwood City announced today the start of various park renovations this winter, funded through the City's Capital Improvement Program. At the Red Morton campus, turf replacement for three fields and the reconstruction of four tennis courts begins this week. 

These renovations are part of a $4.5M project that will: replace the synthetic turf currently on the fields with the newest generation synthetic turf; reconstruct tennis courts and upgrade tennis court lighting; and add lighting to Guida-49er Field. The new turf infill is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which is non-toxic and heavy metal free. TPE is also 100% recyclable and reusable, and remains cooler than other infill options during warm weather.

"Redwood City's parks and playgrounds are vital assets to our community," said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of Redwood City. "These safe outdoor spaces for family-friendly recreation help make Redwood City a community for all ages. Over 80% of Redwood City residents polled in a recent city satisfaction survey put extremely high value on our parks and recreation programs. These renovations will help make our parks even more sustainable, so that the community may enjoy them for years to come."

The City also recently released an RFP to move forward with large playground and picnic area renovations at Red Morton. This is the first stage of a $1.5M park renovation. Community meetings will be planned in the first quarter of 2016 to gain feedback on park design and other details. 

In addition, Redwood City is currently in the process of installing rooftop solar panels and a solar carport at the Red Morton Community Center. This will be the City's first solar project on a municipal facility. The solar panels are expected to take from 8-12 weeks to install and the project will be completed in early 2016. The solar fixtures will produce approximately 76% of Red Morton Community Center's consumption and save up to $342,125 over the 20-year life of the project. 

Redwood City's City Council approved the solar power project at Red Morton Community Center as part of the Regional Renewable Energy Project (R-REP) on March 23, 2015. The R-REP is organized and led by Alameda County, with 19 Bay Area public agencies participating in this collaborative procurement process for renewable energy. For more about R-REP visit their website:

The Red Morton field and tennis courts closure will affect McGarvey Field, Bechet/Griffin Field, Guida-49er Field, and the tennis courts and will last until March 2016. The park is still open to the public. Access to some areas of the park and some parking lots will be limited during the renovation.

For more information about Redwood City parks and projects, visit

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and



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