Moraga Canyon Sports Fields Project Defeated
From 2008-2012, the City of Piedmont pursued a proposal by a private group to build a massive sports complex on Moraga Avenue. This project would have destroyed Blair Park and forever changed the character of Moraga Avenue, and was unanimously rejected by the Piedmont Planning Commission due to safety, traffic, and aesthetic concerns. Friends of Moraga Canyon mobilized hundreds of Piedmont and Oakland residents to stop this oversized, costly, environmentally destructive, poorly planned and unsafe project.
As a result of our advocacy, the project proponents withdrew their funding and the City Council rescinded the project on May 7, 2012. Undoubtedly, our efforts saved millions of dollars in costs the City of Piedmont would have incurred to complete the project that PRFO had promised to pay for in full. Thanks to FOMC, the City also avoided taking on huge potential liabilities and ongoing maintenance costs.
As part of the legal settlement that FOMC has reached with the City, the City is required to retain a landscape consultant to develop and implement a landscape improvement plan for Blair Park, ensuring that the park will be kept as a natural, open space for years to come. For more information on this effort, see Blair Park Restoration.
This page contains a comprehensive archive of information about the defeated sports field project.