The Tim Moellering Field Project is one of the most important Measure I bond funded projects currently under development. Located at the intersections of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Derby Street, this block long green space is being developed into a multi-use sport field, including a baseball field, soccer field, basketball courts, and other site amenities to be used by Berkeley High School, Berkeley Technology Academy, and other community sport groups. The current project budget includes the installation of a removable barrier that will serve as the home run fence for the baseball field during baseball season. In order to make space for the project, power poles will need to be relocated and Derby Street will need to curve just west of Milvia Street to accommodate the baseball field. Sport lighting and loudspeakers are NOT planned for this site.
Update 6/4/12: Construction bids have been collected and the School Board is expected to award the contract for the Derby Field construction project at the June 20, 2012 Board Meeting. The Board will also consider the Facilitites Naming Committee’s recommendation for the naming of the field at this meeting. The field will be closed to school or public use once construction begins in late June, 2012 and will reopen the following Spring, 2013. During the first phase of construction Derby Street will be closed to through traffic from the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Streets.
Update 6/20/12: The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the naming of the multi-purpose field at Derby Street as Tim Moellering Field.
The Tuesday Farmer’s Market has permanently moved to the Lorin District. According to the City of Berkeley’s Economic Development Officer Michael Caplin, “The Farmers Market has been at the Derby Street location for a long time, but are looking forward to their move to the Adeline District. They are excited about greater visibility, developing relationships with the local businesses and a more accessible location for the public to enjoy. The Merchants in the area are also excited.” Read more about the move here.
Project Manager: Bob Fawson
Architect: WLC Architects
Construction Scheduled to Begin: June, 2012
Proposed Completion Date: March, 2013
- Derby Field Site Committee (with representatives from community, Farmers’ Market, B-Tech, High School Sports Teams, baseball advocates, Bond Oversight Committee, City Council Member Max Anderson)
- Community meetings
- Approvals required: City of Berkeley, the Division of State Architect (DSA), Pacific Gas and Electric and the School Board