The need for additional parking spaces at the San Francisco 49ers new Levi’s Stadium has sparked a dispute over a heavily used youth soccer field in the shadow of the new facility.
According to media reports, the new stadium site has come up about 5,000 spaces short of the 21,000 that will be needed on the days of games and events.
To make up for the shortage, city officials are looking for a new location for a young soccer complex that currently is located right next to the new stadium site.
“It’s about access to the field on game and event days for the families and children trying to get to a soccer game,” said City Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor. “It’s just going to be too difficult.”
City officials also have come to realize that the real estate the soccer complex is on will be worth millions when the stadium is built.
One of the options the city is looking for relocate the fields to is to the nearby Ulistac Natural Area.
“There are several options, this is just one of them,” Gillmor said. “There has been no final decision yet. “
Still even the proposal has been met with resistance from a group of volunteers who help maintain the park.
“You can’t have a tree in the middle of a soccer field,” said volunteer Dennis Dowley. “This is not just a tree (pointing to the park), this is the forest.” Gillmor said the soccer field would not be closed until a new field is built. Until that time, she said, city officials are looking at parking car on a nearby municipal golf course.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.