How to pay for the upkeep of athletic fields in B'game is a very long-in-the-tooth discussion. Having a separate school district instead of the schools being a city department like they are where I grew up can make for an adversarial situation. The DJ is covering the City Council discussion and you should click through for the full details, but here are the highlights since no decision is imminent.
The Burlingame City Council expressed an interest in — but no commitment to — sharing the financial burden of resurfacing turf fields at local elementary schools frequently used for community enrichment programs. In lieu of offering Burlingame Elementary School District officials money for laying new synthetic surfaces at Burlingame Intermediate and Franklin Elementary school campuses, councilmembers unanimously agreed to study the issue further.
The discussion was brought by school district officials approaching their city colleagues for half of the more than $2 million expected to be needed for installation of new playing surfaces next year.
Since the school district owns the only turf fields in Burlingame, much of the use can be attributed to their almost constant availability when some of the city’s natural grass fields are subject to limitations during inclement weather. City officials though are planning to invest $1.75 million in laying artificial turf at Murray Field on the Bayshore, which some councilmembers said could result in less wear and tear on the campus surfaces.
At the end of an historically rainy season, this topic will float to the surface. Here is a photo of the Franklin field from a couple of years ago.