Witter Field project update

Julie Reichle

Dirt is mounded up on the play field as repairs and installation of new turf are underway

The following information is posted on the PUSD website:

Work in Progress

Bothman continues to layout and grade for the field storm drain piping, structures and underground infrastructure. 

Storm drainage work continues for the walkway in front of the Witter Field House. As soon as the walkway storm drainage work is complete, base rock will start to be delivered via the El Cerrito entrance. The concrete walkway is now scheduled to be complete by Friday, 8/18

Parking Restrictions

Because of the limited amount of trucking to the field, starting tomorrow, Friday, 7/28 through Sunday, 8/6, Bothman is lifting the parking restrictions on Palm Drive. Bothman will cover the affected restricted parking signs first thing tomorrow morning. 

Parking restrictions will still remain in place on Winsor and Park View at least through Friday, 8/11/23.

Parking restrictions still remain in place on both the El Cerrito/Jerome Ave and the Palm Dr/Winsor Ave neighborhoods remain in place at least through Friday, 8/18/23. 

The Jerome and El Cerrito restrictions are necessary to ensure that the contractor is able to access the site for regular equipment and material deliveries including piping, base rock, rebar and concrete, while maintaining neighborhood access for emergency responders. 

Winsor driveway gate closure 

For your safety, the pedestrian access gate on the Winsor Avenue driveway, which many residents use to access the Piedmont Park off-leash dog area will be closed during working hours: Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4pm. The gate will be locked and chained during these periods. Please respect this closure, as construction activity on the driveway could pose a safety hazard to pedestrians and dogs. 

We will keep the gate open for pedestrian access to the off-leash dog area outside of working hours and on weekends. Please email me if you find the gate chained outside of designated working hours.

Drainage Calculations

Several residents have inquired about potential impacts that the project will have on storm runoff. 

The District’s consultant, Verde Design, continues to work with the City Engineer on drainage calculations to demonstrate pre- and post-project storm water flows. Once this work is complete, I will provide a letter to the community summarizing the net impacts that the Witter Field renovation project will have on the existing storm drain system.  

Updates and Contact Information

The District remains committed to providing regular updates to the community regarding the Witter Field renovation. We understand that construction is inconvenient and disruptive, and appreciate your continued patience, understanding, and cooperation as we complete this important project.

I will provide another update on construction activity and parking restrictions for the remainder of August no later than Thursday, August 10th, 2023. All updates will continue to be posted on the PUSD website at https://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/ref/facilities/witter-field-renovation.

I remain the point of contact for questions and concerns. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at ppalmer@piedmont.k12ca.us or by phone at (510) 594-2877.

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