We knew that Friends of Moraga Canyon had organized a protest against Blair Park development, and decided to check out the scene earlier today. There were between 75 and 100 protesters on the scene, all making their “Save Moraga Canyon” opinions known to passers-by…who pretty much all honked hello.
As a citizen reporter, I decided to stop and sniff around. So many Blair Park neighbors lined up along Moraga Avenue, armed with their signs, kids and dogs. They also stuck around beyond the planned hour-long rally.
Neighbors have different reasons for opposing soccer field development on the site, currently under review by Piedmont City Council. Today many protesters offered up environment risks related to wildlife, earthquakes, watershed, sound and urbanization – but traffic and safety topped the list. We can paraphrase here:
- “Can you even imagine kids around here, there’s no room!”
- “My kids do play soccer across the street, and it’s already tough on game days.”
- “No one would be able to exit parking lots if they were built here.”
There’s some unease about the months ahead, but Oaklanders and Piedmonters on site today are pretty united about keeping Blair Park intact. We’ll all see what happens in the coming months.
More info: Piedmont City Council is holding a environment review scoping meeting for the Moraga Canyon Sports Fields, next Tuesday, December 8th – in the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Avenue (map). Click to read the public notice, meeting agenda, environmental review schedule, environmental notice and initial fields study.