PSV Union FC, a non-profit youth soccer club based in Palo Alto, conducts soccer sessions year-round for children ages 4-17 at Jordan Middle School Monday-Friday from 4 to 6 pm, and Saturdays between 9 am to 6 pm.
PSV Union, along with Little League baseball and other soccer clubs are the designated permit holders and paying users of the facility - as permitted by the City of Palo Alto - for field usage between the hours of 4-6pm (during all other hours, PAUSD and Jordan Middle School are daytime users, or the field is open to the public).
The permit designates that those listed on the user agreement are permitted and have exclusivity to use the facilities during these times. Occasionally we do not use the entire field because we choose to rest the field or we combine groups or less numbers due to holidays or grass length etc) and have always been happy to share any unused or open field space with dog owners, other recreational sports, or families, children and the general public who would like to take advantage of these facilities. Our main concern is making sure that our sessions are uninterrupted and that the children are safe.
Although the City has leash laws (see below) we understand that some of you would like to allow your dog to run freely. As long as this is done in a designated area, away from our sessions and the children, and with the dogs being supervised, we have no problem with this despite it being against city laws and especially if the dogs are running into, near or across the players, parents and staff which will always happen if you bring your dogs to the field before 3:45 pm and before 5:45 pm. First and foremost is the safety and well-being of the players and their coaches. PSV Union has an important responsibility to both the children and their parents to provide the safest environment possible. In the past, some children have been bitten and also accidentally knocked down by dogs that have run through our practice areas. There have been doznes of occasions where staff. players and parents have stood in feces which has not been removed by the owners. Additionally, our sessions are highly focused on teaching and instruction and we would greatly appreciate if they not be interrupted by unleashed dogs because of the disruption of practice and because a dog running into our players and staff could result in injury which could lead to charges against the dog owners. We respectfully request that you be mindful of your dogs during the time periods that we are holding sessions, and also during the short period at the conclusion of our trainings. As our practices end at 6pm in the Spring we are still be clearing the field of equipment or supervising children prior to pick-up, please continue to be aware of children crossing the field or leaving through the gates up to and beyond 6:15 pm. regardless of us ending at 6 p m, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
This is the City of Palo Alto law regarding dog supervision:
"Leash required: Any dog or puppy must be controlled on a leash by an able-bodied person, at all times, even when under supervision, whenever the dog is on public property. This includes all parks, sidewalks, streets, school grounds and the Baylands marsh areas or while on an unenclosed lot. The leash law is strictly enforced, but certain dog exercise areas have been created as playgrounds for exercising your dog off leash.”
Jordan field is a public field and we take great pride in maintaining the fields (on a regular basis at our own expense) to make sure that it is kept up. We ask that you join us in helping take care of this community facility so that everyone can benefit.
If you have any questions, please contact PSV Union at firstname.lastname@example.org..