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Location: Corner of Melendy Drive and Aberdeen Drive
Address: 2600 Melendy or 206 Aberdeen
Amenities: Ball Diamond, Benches, Jogging Path, Picnic Tables, Play Equipment, Restrooms, Soccer Field, Tennis Courts
Jogging Path: At Stadium Field - Approximately 1/4 mile in length; At Highlands Park Lower Field - Approximately 1,725 feet , slightly under 1/3 of a mile
Acreage: 11.25

Highlands Turf Infill:  GeoTurf's Infill Pro by Limonta.
Stadium Field:  Natural grass.

Highlands Park Today:   Highlands Park is the City's main sports complex which was renovated in 2011 using a synthetic grass product called InfillPro GEO.  San Carlos was the first municipality in the United States to use an organic infill product.  The product consists of coconut husk, cork, and sand rather than recycled "crumb-rubber" rubber found in other synthetic fields.  This premiere product provides a more natural appearance and allows the field to operate at temperatures 15 degrees cooler than other synthetic fields. 

The City of San Carlos has saved millions of gallons of water by converting from a natural grass turf to a synthetic product.  However, the field still requires watering to cool the field and keep the organic materials performing to their optimal standards.  It uses only 1/10th of the water, compared to natural grass. 

Background

Formerly the site of the athletic fields for
San Carlos High School, this area was obtained in 1986 in a three-way negotiated deal with the City, the Sequoia High School District, and Whitecliff Homes.  The complex is used for year-round athletic events, including baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and sports camps, as well as for neighborhood recreational activities. In 1991, the City completed the first phase of the project, which includes two lighted softball/Little League diamonds, a full-size soccer field, five lighted tennis courts, a restroom/storage facility, a jogging path, and two parking lots, with a capacity of over 100 vehicles. 
A Vietnam Memorial was donated by the Vietnam Veteran’s of America, including the names of those San Carlos residents who lost their lives in the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts.

In 1995, Little League designed and constructed a concession stand/storage facility that provides fund raising opportunities for their organization as well as others.  In 1998, Phase II construction was completed, which included construction of the “Stadium Field” baseball diamond, removal of the old football bleachers, installation of a children’s play area and landscaping. 

Photo of the Grand Opening of Highlands Park Synthetic Turf Field on March 5, 2011:

   
Pictured, left to right:  Amy Newby, Greg Rubens  
Jeff Maltbie, Randy Royce, Mayor Omar Ahmad,
Andy Klein, P&R Commissioner Ray Merala,
Guy Wallace, P&R Commissioner Sue Todd,
Barry Weiss.

 

Highlands Field Use Calendar - View by Month