The Town’s gathering place
In 2001, parents came together to solve a major problem in Town. While Woodside is home to many beautiful trails and two County Parks, at that time the only field space available for local sports teams was on the site of Woodside Elementary School.
Dozens of school teams were vying for playing and practice times, leaving many other youth and adult sports teams, including CYSA soccer, lacrosse, AYSO and Little League, to look for space in other communities.
Working with the Town’s staff over the space of several years, this group evaluated a number of possible sites for the new fields but was unable to find a place that could gain consensus among all the neighbors. In 2004, Town residents Claire and Noel Perry offered to donate their land at 5001 Farm Hill Blvd. if the community could raise the funds needed to design and build the playing fields.
Energized by the Perry’s generosity and an anonymous donor who was willing to match any contribution up to $600,000, a small group of parents (including WCF Board members Jim Milton and Diane Talbert) rolled up their sleeves and partnered with the Woodside Community Foundation to raise the money needed for the new fields and park.