Sunday, March 11, 2012

PLAY BALL! Enjoying San Mateo's Parks Today and Into the Future

As we head into Spring, our local Parks are alive with the sounds of residents of all ages enjoying the great outdoors.  Over the past two weeks, I was thrilled to take part in the opening day festivities of our many youth softball and little league organizations.

On March 3, I attended the opening ceremonies for my daughters' softball league, the San Mateo Youth Softball Association.  Then on March 10, I was invited to throw out the first pitch for the San Mateo National Little League.  Altogether, both leagues engage over 1,000 boys and girls from ages 5-14 in recreational baseball and softball.

Maintaining top-notched parks is a paramount priority for me and our City Staff.  Over the next two years, the City of San Mateo anticipates receiving over $4 million in fees from developers that will be dedicated toward improving our park infrastructure.  These "in-lieu" fees are not taxes, but instead are fees paid by developers of housing and apartment units to help maintain our community infrastructure. 

Our City staff is hard at work with our Parks and Recreation Commission and your City Council to identify the priorities for improving our parks.  You can read the most recent report on this issue here.

If you have any input on this issue, I encourage you to send me an email at

In the meantime, PLAY BALL! 

Here are some photos from my adventures on the baseball field: 

Opening Day at San Mateo Youth Softball Association.

Opening Day San Mateo National Little League

Throwing out the First Pitch at San Mateo National Little League Opening Day!

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