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Carondelet Athletics Complex Moves Forward

Aug 29, 2016 12:48PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Carondelet Athletics Complex Moves Forward


The Walnut Creek Planning Commission conducted a study session on August 11 to review a proposal to repurpose Club Sport Valley Vista, located at 3737 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek, from an existing private tennis club to an athletics complex that would be owned by Carondelet High School for supporting the school’s outdoor athletics programs, including tennis, softball, soccer, lacrosse and aquatics.


The proposal includes the removal of 13 of the existing 19 tennis courts and an eight-lane swimming pool to make way for a 10-lane swimming pool and deck, one softball field and one combination lacrosse/soccer field. Other site improvements include additional lighting for night use, the installation of three scoreboards, a PA system, fences, and bleacher seating. The planning commission reviewed the proposal and provided feedback regarding the project’s proposed outdoor recreation use, requested rezoning, tree removal, as well as traffic, parking, noise, and lighting aspects of the application. The proposal would amend the existing site layout and, therefore, requires city council approval of a rezoning to a new planned development.


Because Carondelet would primarily be using this new Complex Monday through Friday after school for its competitive athletics program, the school is interested in serving the greater Walnut Creek community by making its new facilities accessible during the day and on weekends to the surrounding neighbors and youth programs through formal lease agreements. The site would be made available to these programs when not in use by the high school. Carondelet’s main campus is situated on a 9-acre campus in Concord with facilities that support only two of its 13 sports teams.


“This state-of-the-art facility will provide our young women with a true home field advantage – a place to practice, compete, cheer on one another and strengthen their bonds of sisterhood,” said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. 


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