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Some Redwood City Playing Fields Closed for Annual Repair and Rest

Redwood City, CA - January 3 , 2005 - Five playing fields at Redwood City’s Red Morton Park - McGarvey, Bechet, Griffin, Mitchell, Kiwanis - and the City-operated field at Hawes Elementary School are now closed to the public for their annual repair and restoration. Signage noting the closures is on-site, and the City apologizes for any inconvenience that these closures may cause. All of these fields are fenced to prevent general access so that repair 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, 2005 (depending on weather). During the closure, only certain pre-arranged permitted activities will take place, and it should be noted that all Redwood City Elementary School District fields are also closed to general public use during this period.

The work that will take place includes aeration of the turf and soil, adding amendments 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 better drainage capability than natural turf fields 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 award winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government. The Redwood City Police Department website is


Mike Gibbons
Redwood City Parks Manager
(650) 780-7250


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