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 NeLam@CityofBerkeley.info

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 http://www.el-cerrito.org/Archive/41
AND Gilman Fields info is on page 3, letter H: http://www.el-cerrito.org/Archive/ViewFile/Item/3065



Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017 7:16pm

Location: Emeryville City Hall

1333 Park Avenue

Emeryville, CA 94608

Agenda: http://emeryville.legistar1.com/emeryville/meetings/2017/6/1465_A_City_Council_17-06-06_Agenda.pdf  (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.


JPA Vote

Things keep moving in the right direction, but we still have more work to do! At last Wednesday’s JPA meeting, the members of the JPA voted unanimously to support the Shock Pad and Cork infill, but they could not commit to the funds without presenting the proposal to their City Councils. While we are super excited about this progress, the decision won’t be final until passed at the Berkeley City Council meeting in late July (date still pending).

Please go to your next city council meeting to ask for their support. Show them that their residents play at Gilman! We will post meeting dates early this week.

Please call or email your city council members to support the funding for the field renovation, as outlined in option 2B of the proposal! (See 5/23 post for city websites) We also may need to do some fundraising.




The Next Step

Hi folks,

The next thing that needs to happen is for the 5 City JPA Reps (Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, Emeryville & El Cerrito) to approve the City of Berkeley’s recommendation for a new field with a shock pad an cork infill. The JPA will meet this Wed, 5/24, to discuss Berkeley’s proposal. The JPA Reps will then take this information back to their city councils to discuss.

Next action items:
  • Please call or e-mail as many of your local city council members as you can, to ask them to support the City of Berkeley’s recommendation for the Gilman Fields 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 don’t reach them directly, leave a message!
  • If you live in Berkeley, let your council members know that you support the City’s proposal, and thank them for their leadership.

Here are the URLs for each city. Click on your city’s link to get the phone numbers and email addresses.  


City of Berkeley Recommends Cork Infill Replacement w/Shock Pad

More good news!

Concentrated piles of tire crumb next to a goalpost on the north turf field

The City of Berkeley staff is recommending to the JPA (the five city consortium responsible for funding for Gilman Fields- Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and Emeryville) that the Gilman turf gets replaced with a shock pad plus a cork (i.e. non crumb-rubber) infill.

The city’s full memo is posted here:

What’s Next?

The City of Berkeley’s recommendation is that the incremental
costs are divided among the five JPA cities on a pro-rated basis based
on the population of each city.  It is not yet clear if all five
cities will accept this approach or propose some alternative (e.g.
increased user fees, etc).

Our community’s voices are being heard

All of your letters, emails and petition signatures that we submitted to the city of Berkeley made a huge difference in getting this recommendation — great job everyone!