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 Notice of Availability of Draft EIR - November 20, 2017

 Draft EIR-Burton & Highlands Park Project (Lighting)

        Appendix A
        Appendix B
        Appendix C
        Appendix D
        Appendix E
        Appendix F


Location: Corner of Melendy Drive and Aberdeen Drive
Address: 2600 Melendy or 206 Aberdeen
Amenities: Ball Diamond, Benches, Jogging Path, Picnic Tables, Play Equipment, Restrooms, Soccer Field, Tennis Courts
Jogging Path: At Stadium Field - Approximately 1/4 mile in length; At Highlands Park Lower Field - Approximately 1,725 feet , slightly under 1/3 of a mile
Acreage: 11.25

Highlands Turf Infill:  GeoTurf's Infill Pro by Limonta.
Stadium Field:  Natural grass.

Public Meeting - Environmental Impact Report - Additional Lights and Burton and Highlands Parks
A meeting was held Tuesday, July 13th, 7:00pm at the San Carlos Library, 2nd floor community rooms.  Another meeting will be held after the draft EIR has been prepared, possibly around fall 2017.

Highlands Park Playground Renovation Project
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Join the City of San Carlos as we re-open Highlands Park Playground and Restrooms.  For questions, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 802-4421.

The City Council, at the meeting of November 28, 2016, approved the plans and specifications for the Highlands Park Playground Renovation Project.  The call for construction bids closed February 23, 2017.  City Council approved the contract with McGuire & Hester for construction at the meeting of April 10th.  The project also includes replacement of the restrooms.  Construction is expected to begin in May 2017, and be completed by the end of August 2017.  For more details, go to and go to the City Council meeting of April 10, 2017.

A community workshop was held with residents on July 14, 2016.  The architect, SSA has provided a PowerPoint and flip chart notes from the meeting, please see links below.
PowerPoint Presentation - July 14, 2016 (PDF)
Flip Chart Notes - July 14, 2016 (PDF)

Notice:  Due to vandalism, the fire engine was removed because it was unsafe.  The slide is also out of service. 

Highlands Park Today:  
Highlands Park is the City's main sports complex which was renovated in 2011 using a synthetic grass product called InfillPro GEO.  San Carlos was the first municipality in the United States to use an organic infill product.  The product consists of coconut husk, cork, and sand rather than recycled "crumb-rubber" rubber found in other synthetic fields.  This premiere product provides a more natural appearance and allows the field to operate at temperatures 15 degrees cooler than other synthetic fields. 

The City of San Carlos has saved millions of gallons of water by converting from a natural grass turf to a synthetic product.  However, the field still requires watering to cool the field and keep the organic materials performing to their optimal standards.  It uses only 1/10th of the water, compared to natural grass. 


Formerly the site of the athletic fields for
San Carlos High School, this area was obtained in 1986 in a three-way negotiated deal with the City, the Sequoia High School District, and Whitecliff Homes.  The complex is used for year-round athletic events, including baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and sports camps, as well as for neighborhood recreational activities. In 1991, the City completed the first phase of the project, which includes two lighted softball/Little League diamonds, a full-size soccer field, five lighted tennis courts, a restroom/storage facility, a jogging path, and two parking lots, with a capacity of over 100 vehicles. 
A Vietnam Memorial was donated by the Vietnam Veteran’s of America, including the names of those San Carlos residents who lost their lives in the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts.

In 1995, Little League designed and constructed a concession stand/storage facility that provides fund raising opportunities for their organization as well as others.  In 1998, Phase II construction was completed, which included construction of the “Stadium Field” baseball diamond, removal of the old football bleachers, installation of a children’s play area and landscaping. 

Photo of the Grand Opening of Highlands Park Synthetic Turf Field on March 5, 2011:

Pictured, left to right:  Amy Newby, Greg Rubens  
Jeff Maltbie, Randy Royce, Mayor Omar Ahmad,
Andy Klein, P&R Commissioner Ray Merala,
Guy Wallace, P&R Commissioner Sue Todd,
Barry Weiss.


Highlands Field Use Calendar - View by Month