Public Access to the El Camino High School Fields

South San Francisco, CA   August 27, 2015

ECHS Track has long been used by neighbors

ECHS Track has long been used by neighbors

The El Camino High School Track and Field renovation lead the way for local neighbors to reap some of the benefits from the Measure J funds by allowing public use on the new fields. The old field has long been a favorite walking area for locals and many were eager to get back at it once the field was completed.

However, Pat Murray was disappointed last year when she was not able to utilize the fields when she found them closed, as other neighbors also learned. School Board Trustee Maurice Goodman worked through the issue and soon the fields were opened to the public during non-school hours.

Then summer came. And along with it frustration that as school was close, now were the fields.  Terry Gala Avelar contacted Everything South City with the following concern:

“Summer Bust: This summer I was looking forward to using the newly renovated track at El Camino High School after reading that it was open to the residents in the Sunshine Gardens area. I walked up there with my fitness tracker, headphones on ready to enjoy the track just to find it locked. Next day I called the SSF School district to make sure it was ok to go and walk and verify the hours I was told 7-7 p.m it was good. Next day tried again, Nope it was locked. Called back, I was told since summer school was in session it was only from 4-6 pm. Ok went back during those times, it was closed again.

Fast forward the entire summer approx 8 calls later, I was told 1-6pm, try the other gate, it should be open, everyday but Sat’s etc etc etc. I have tried to go walking at least 10 more times and every single time its locked. So…… it is open to the public or not? Does anyone know the times??? Because every person I have spoken to has a different time (and none of them are accurate). I have also been told its summer. Well yes I know its summer but I would imagine it would be harder to walk there when school is in session and the students are using it for football practice or track. Everything South City please help clear up all the confusion and let the residents of SSF know when and if its truly open to the public or was it just a nice thing to tell say, but not truly meant?? Thanks.”

Terry wasn’t the only person who was frustrated and disappointed, others expressed similar situations. We contacted our newly appointed Superintendent, Dr. Shawnterra Moore. She immediately replied that she would gather the information for us. As the new school year had just started we knew there were other matters that vied for her attention and greatly appreciated her response a few weeks later. Below is her response.

As promised, here is the information regarding the ECHS Track and Field hours.

ECHS Track and Field Hours

M-F:

Back gate of the campus (leading from Crestwood Drive) opened from  6:30 am-8:00 am.

Gates will be closed and locked from 8:00-4:30 pm.

Field reopened from 4:30– dusk.

 

Saturday – Closed to the public.

 

Sunday

Open from 8:00-4:30 pm. * However, until we hire security for Sundays, it will not be open to the public; the anticipated start date for access will be September 6, 2015.

 

Community members can call (650) 877-8718 if they have any questions regarding the hours for access.

 

Members of the public are asked to help preserve the investment in the facility and remember this facility cannot be damaged. Rules regarding use of the track and field (i.e. no vehicles, dogs, alcohol, etc.) are posted at the entrance to the facility and must be followed. Also, no organized activities can be held without an approved permit from the Facilities Department.

 

5 comments for “Public Access to the El Camino High School Fields

  1. rich
    June 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    hi team – the track has been locked up for 2 consecutive sundays. verifying and hoping that this is simply to unavailable security resource.

    and… is there a public page where it could be posted if a Sunday will be closed? default: open as published.

    • Editor
      June 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Rich,
      A recent inquiry with SSFUSD seemed to reiterate the days and hours as being correct. However, per the info in the article you may want to double check with the District as Everything South City is sharing information only. Thank you.
      -ED

      Community members can call (650) 877-8718 if they have any questions regarding the hours for access.

  2. Editor
    July 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    On July 8th‎ Carole Brady-Duport‎ posed this question on our Facebook page

    “Does anyone know why there is a lock on the new gate to Sunshine Gardens School play yard for the smaller children? There has always been a gate, but I don’t remember it ever being locked. (The other play yard is wide open.)”

    After much information sharing and discussion on our public forum, Willum Walsh followed up with the district office and offered this response today: 

    “So I have spoke to the facility’s department and el Camino field is closed to the public for the entire summer. They are installing lights.

    I also asked about Sunshine gardens this has also been locked and closed to the public.

    So what little public park/access we had had been taking away.”

    The District had said in the past the fields would be open to the public as Sunshine Gardens neighborhood has no other park or open space for the children to enjoy. El Camino High School field was to remain open allowing the public to utilize what they are paying for in increased taxes due to Measure J. 

    It appears no outreach was offered and there is no information on the district website giving any information. 

    • Editor
      July 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Today’s update from a Sunshine Gardens neighbor “Hooray! I walked past Sunshine Garden School at noon yesterday and at 6:30 a.m. today. No lock on the gate! Thank you, thank you, thank you to whomever made the decision to remove it. I hope it stays off. Hooray!”

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