Aerial Photos of Grand Reopening

Thanks for the following photos and comments from Robert Duran!

“The Fields are living proof that a non-crumb rubber turf infill replacement IS compatible with player safety, public health, the environment and city budgets!! Big shout out to our local officials and Safe Gilman Turf for the visionary role it played in this process!!

Aerial photos of ceremony and new turf fields.”


Reopening Coming Soon!

We’ve received an update from the City of Berkeley (COB) that the pad and turf are in place, and the infill material (cork and sand) is being installed this week. The COB shared this photo last week of the south field.

The COB will confirm an opening date once they are further along. The goal is for a grand reopening ceremony and a community play event on Sunday, March 3rd (Time and Details TBA). We will share more information once we get it.

It’s very exciting to be reaching this conclusion in the process, and we hope you will all join us in the celebration!

Turf Replacement Starting 11/27

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that the turf replacement project will begin this week with the synthetic fields scheduled to be closed from Monday, 11/27/17, to Monday, 3/5/18.  This opening date is subject to change due to potential unforeseen delays such as rainy weather, and unforeseen site conditions.  See link for more information.

Let’s send thank you emails to Nelson Lam, Project Manager, for taking our concerns seriously and putting safety first.

Nelson Lam, Associate Civil Engineer, at

Thanks everyone!



Great news! It has been a busy summer, and we have a few updates for you!
In May and June, the JPA Cities and City Councils voted in favor of the City of Berkeley’s (CoB) artificial turf recommendation at Gilman Fields. More recently, on 7/25, the Berkeley City Council also approved the CoB’s recommendation – the final step!
The new fields will be made of cork infill, dual fiber turf carpet, and shock pad. We feel that this will be a huge improvement over the current crumb rubber infill with no shock pad. The turf replacement will take place from November to February.
We are thrilled with this outcome and we could not have done this without all of your emails, petition signatures and attendance at community meetings with the CoB.
Safe Gilman Turf Coordinators

City Council Meetings

Please attend your local city council meetings (see below for schedule) to ask the council members to support the City of Berkeley’s recommendation for the GilmanFields renovation with a shock pad and cork infill. Mention that you live in their city and you hope they will support the safest option for Gilman Fields.

If you live in Berkeley, let your council members know that you support the City’s proposal, and thank them for their leadership.

City Council Meetings


Date: Monday, 6/5/2017 7:25 pm

Location: City Council Chambers
1000 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, California 94706



Date: Tuesday, 6/13/17 7:00 pm

Location: City Council Chambers

2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Berkeley, CA


El Cerrito

Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017 7:00 pm

Location: City Hall, City Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA

The 6/6/17 agenda is now available
AND Gilman Fields info is on page 3, letter H:



Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017 7:16pm

Location: Emeryville City Hall

1333 Park Avenue

Emeryville, CA 94608

Agenda:  (see page 4 for Gilman Field renovation)

Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017 6:30pm

Location: City Hall, Council Hall of Justice building

440 Civic Center Plaza.