Clayton Community Park, Boatwright Field to Temporarily House Clayton Valley Little League

February 13, 2014 8:00 am · 21 comments


Clayton Valley Little League (CVLL) will have a new home this season.

As we previously reported, the league’s 40-year-old fields at Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) were taken away after the high school told CVLL they plan to raze the fields and place portable classrooms on the land in an effort to increase enrollment.

That left CVLL less than a month to find new fields for their minor, major and softball divisions before practice starts in mid-February.

CVLL President Kevin Christiansen says they will play ball in just a few shorts weeks in Concord & Clayton.

Christiansen told in a phone interview that the temporary fix will include Clayton Community Park in Clayton and Boatwright Field in Concord.

The five teams in the Majors division and the one team in the 50/70 division will be playing their games at Clayton Community Park. Also, the Minor A division will play on field #3 at Clayton Community Park, and the Minor B division will play at Boatwright Field off Pine Hollow Rd. in Concord.

He says most, if not all softball games will be played at Clayton Community Park.

The Farm A & B divisions will still play at Highlands Park and the Peanuts Division will play at Mt. Diablo Elementary. Those three divisions were not affected by this change.

Christiansen says they will have additional expenses with increased usage fees and materials, but they plan to leverage every bit of the use permit they have with CVCHS and play/practice until they have to leave.

Christiansen did confirm they are engaged in discussions with three separate entities to find a permanent home for CVLL.

“Our main goal is to make sure the children have nothing but the greatest experience”, Christiansen said.

RELATED STORY: Clayton Valley Little League Sends Out Letter Regarding Possible Loss of Baseball Fields at CVCHS

anon February 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

The charter school administrators are scum. Hopfully they can’t get past an EIR impact report.

Lake February 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

If there is a discussion of using the ball fields in Clayton near the Middle School. Be careful there are a lot of ankle twisting holes in the baseball fields.

Mimi (original) February 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Grammar Police: “they plan to RAZE the fields…” Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

anon February 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Good to see CVCHS enaged with the community. A whole month’s notice is a tremendous amount of time to give a league that has been playing on the fields for 40 years.

Kevin Christiansen February 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The CVCHS Administration has stated on numerous occasions that they want to partner with CVLL to help ease this transition. They’ve made themselves available for meetings and have offered to help identify areas where they can help CVLL meet its two primary objectives.

1) To ensure that the parents and children participating in CVLL this season do not have a lessened experience whatsoever.
2) To ensure that CVLL will continue to be a youth program for children in the Clayton Valley for years to come.

At this point, we have not seen anything that makes us doubt their ability and willingness to help.

Thank you
Kevin Christiansen
President, CVLL

Bottom Line Gal February 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I hope CVLL finds a permanent home. Concord American Little League always had one. I hope they still do.

@Original Mimi February 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

@Mimi (original)
Not sure why the need for flashing lights from the grammar police.
Was the word “raze” not used correctly in the structure of the sentence?
Please explain… do you know the definition of “raze”:?

MDUSD Parent February 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I think CVCHS may be ahead of themselves. I don’t believe MDUSD has approved the portables on the field. MDUSD owns the property and has to make the approval – as noted by the current superintendent.

oldman February 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

You need to play Scrabble

Anon2you February 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

@ Kevin Christiansen – Thanks for clarifying that for all. Some people just want to BASH CVCHS, no matter what the situation. They usually are parents of students who attend other local schools who are still part of MDUSD. Most are from Northgate High School who have railed against the Charter Schools since it’s inception, yet they have been trying for years to leave the district. Instead of supporting CVCHS, they have done everything they could to create ill will towards it. Too bad, since they have everything to gain and nothing to loose by CVCHS’s success…

Juan Grande February 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

CVCHS clearly had to know months ago that they were planning on expanding the student body thus creating the need for additional classroom space. Furthermore you just don’t go down to Home Depot and buy 30 portable classrooms off the shelf, nor do you draw up plans and engineer the project on a whim. This was part of a strategic plan that was drawn up months ago and the pre-construction process initiated long ago as well. They clearly had the opportunity to give CVLL far more notice than they did. Shame on CVCHS!

anonymous February 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Too bad about the CVLL having to move. Congratulations CVCHS for your successfull achievements. Great that you have fast increasing enrollment.

Mark February 13, 2014 at 4:57 PM

This is a wake up call to CVLL. They should have had plans in place for this inevitability. Better leadership is probably in order. I hope they thanked the district for all the years of free access.

Armchair February 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

@Mark- Armchair QB
Maybe you should go over there and run that league.
If you have any real information that is credible, share it.
Can you confirm there was no “thanks” to the District?
Was the initial MOU written between the District and CVLL 40 years ago?
Sounds like its CVCHS decision … not the District and CVLL.
Did the CVLL pay the district for use permits or spend any of the revenue they got from sponsorships and fundraising for field maintenance?
Well, maybe you do know Mark… Or you dont’ and will just cast stones from your sweaty LaZboy popping your warm Bud Lite Limes in a can

Concord Guy February 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

There is so much room at the Boatright fields, most dedicated to soccer. I think that some Little League fields could be accommodated there in perpetuity.

@anon2you February 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

People are bashing CVCHS because they deserve it. Giving CVLL notice they were losing their fields just weeks before practice began was a monumentally crappy thing to do to those children and the community. Not to mention stupid. Those parents will never trust CVCHS and they will never forget.

But hey, I get it. You need to bring in extra students from outside the CV boundaries to get enough students to make all your teams Div. 1. We all understand that’s why your AD was leading the charge to become a charter. Nothing is more important than sports. We all understand it was sold to the teachers with promises they’d get paid more. I’m sure all CVCHS employees enjoyed those cash bonuses they got. Nothing’s more important than looking out for yourself. Not too surprising considering your Board is controlled by the school’s employees, not the parents. Too bad they don’t give a rat’s ass about the kids in our community.

Mark February 14, 2014 at 6:49 AM


Nice reading skills.

motherof3 February 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

@ Kevin Christiansen Thank you for that response and clarifying to all. Especially since your initial letter is what has stirred the pot. As a board member in another league for many years I was very disappointed to see such a letter. I am glad that CVLL is moving on and I hope that the boards reponse to CVCHS and this situation will not impact their ability to obtain use of other facilities in the future.

Kevin Christiansen February 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Thank you motherof3
Just for further clarification: the letter you referenced was an email drafted by the board and directed to the parents of children who had signed their child up for the 2014 season. We received a multitude of emails and telephone calls as soon as word started to spread. Scattered among the calls and emails were voices of support and offers to assist in any way possible. The majority of the calls were from parents that were quite angry. We chose to empathize with their anger but highly suggest that we all focus on the future and urged parents to see the benefits of a growing Charter School and the prospect of a new home for CVLL.

What was stated to the public was published in the Jan 28th edition of the Pioneer.

Former CVHS parent February 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Kevin Christiansen is demonstrating a lot more class than the leaders of CVCHS have ever shown.

Many of us will never forget how our children were manipulated and misused by the CVHS teachers in their quest to turn CVHS into a charter school so that they could increase their own pay and benefits and turn the school into one where they answered to no one, neither administrators nor parents nor the public. We were saddened as we read their first attempt to write the school’s charter and found that it was all about making the school a better place for teachers, with no ideas about how to give our children a better education. We remember how poorly the teachers reacted when it was revealed that the extra money for the charter school would be taken out of MDUSD’s budget – it was not additional money flowing in from the state. Instead of acting with integrity and walking in truth, they chose to attack MDUSD as liars and criminals for telling the truth about the financial impact to every other MDUSD school, including the elementary and middle schools that our children attend. We were horrified when the CCC Board of Education staff told CVCHS leadership that some of their planned changes to curriculum had been proven to lower student achievement.

Kicking CVLL off the campus is the latest example in a long line of poor decisions by CVCHS leadership. Many former CVHS families are saddened by what has happened to our neighborhood school and deeply ashamed of the actions taken by CVCHS leaders.

mtzman February 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

@Former CVHS Parent #21, so, if I am not mistaken, the reason CVCHS needs the additional space is to accommodate the hundreds of students on a waiting list to get into the school, a school that, in one year, had the largest increase in Academic Performance of any comprehensive high school in all of California. And for this you are saddened, horrified and deeply ashamed?

No ideas about how to give your children a better education, you say? I think the results and the demand demonstrate otherwise …

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