This is an update to a previous review I have left the old review up also.
We recently went back to CPP and had a blast then returned for the king of the hill game (2nd time to CPP after taking a year+ break). After being taken over by SC/Giant I was interested to see what changes had been made and the overall experience. Tons of changes have been made to this place and "most" of them were for the better.
Parking area has been expanded due to the removal of the airball fields and the lot seems to be much better maintained. It was a nice change that they added a netted staging area so if you didn't mind having you're gear in the open you could avoid a short albeit steep hill eliminating part of the hike to the fields for us "old timers".
We were only asked to chrono once during the day but with the lower volume of players and generally chill players we didn't seem to have any incidents although I did see a few players getting spot checked during the day.
We did have a roach coach that came up to the field during lunch which was a nice change from pizza.
Overall the ref staff was pretty decent we had one ref that seemed to be the A.D.D. poster kid but after yelling to get him to move a number of times and pay attention a few carefully placed bonus balls seemed to get his head back in the game. Games were turned around fairly quickly which is always a plus.
The porta-potties were clean and the registration areas and rental areas well maintained.
My biggest gripe was the lack of a functioning compressor/fill station. My best fill of the daywas around 2500 psi but the average was about 2100. I hate to have to switch to my 72 because my 45/45 at 2K just won't last 2 games. Please for the love of all that is holy fix the dang fill station. I would have gladly paid an extra $5 per day if it meant 4K fills vs. 2K fills!
The house paint was the same stuff you get at SC or HSP which wasn't bad at $35 for a case but 1600 balls vs a 2000 round case.
Overall, they are still in a transition period but things appear to be heading in the right direction. We will be back out this weekend and see how it goes!
---- Previous Review Feb 2006 ----
After all the negative reviews I had read about this field I was prepared for the worst.
The first thing I was expecting was a horrid road akin to the ride out to urban quest or as one reiewer put it the potholes had potholes! But, instead was greeted by a paved road that ran up to the field. With the exception of a few rough spots where the road crossed the riverbed it was about as nice as any "paved" road at any other local field.
Parking was pretty straight forward they had rows that were marked with railroad ties plenty of room to park.
It was nice to see that they (CPP) had expanded the amount of covered picnic tables significantly. I think throughout the entire day only 60% of the tables were occupied.
While they only had two andy gumps (1 -men, 1 women) compared to most local fields the condition of the gumps was very good and the players that used the facilities seemed to be respectful of keeping them clean (unlike some of the other bio-hazards that some fields call porta-potties).
My first gripe about CPP was the sign-in process. Now let me clarify the woman doing the sign-ins was as sweet as could be. It was just a slow process we had a party of two people in front of us and it took 16 minutes to get them signed in. A simple improvement would be to break the sign-ups into two lines on for those with their own gear and one for those that are renting.
Many people had previously posted about having issues with HPA fills. This is one of the few fields that I have actually seen check hydro dates on tanks. CPP had two fill stations up and running one for 3K and one for 4.5K fills. The 3K fill station was self serve and I never had an issue getting the full 3K. I used my big bottle twice during the day and got 4400 and 4300 respectively so still no issue here. The fill line moved relatively quickly.
My second gripe is in regards to the fields. Not so much as the field itself but rather the fact we played one game on the chronic field and with the exception of two games in the trenches everything else was in the city. The fields weren't bad it was just the fact that most of my group was speed ballers so to be stuck on the other fields kinda stunk (but thats just my opinion).
The third gripe I had about this feild involved the ref staff. Overall the reffing was pretty good, the refs were paying attenion (always a good start), responsive to requests for paint checks, and seemed to do a pretty good job in working on keeping the teams balanced and we didn't see any preferred treatment for friends or regulars (which is always nice). The turn around for games was very slow. If the times were improved we probably could have seen another 3 to 5 games (depending on the field). a few guns were chono'd in the morning but after that it was pretty much the honor system. My last gripe was a clarification on the rules. We were told you could not shoot through any holes. The exceptions being holes that were intentionally cut (i.e. windows) or any other openeing that you could fit your head through was ok to shoot through. As a result there were a few issues that ensued. One issue was on the city field at the end of the trailer next to the mesh wire there is a board leaned against the end of the trailer at about a 40 degree and I could fit my entire body between it and the trailer and I'm not a little guy. one ref said that you could not play the inside angle (between the trailer and the board) but rather had our player move to the outside of the board which forced an elimination. On the next game when we switched sides we had a different ref and when a palyer from the other team did the same thing we did we voiced an objection to the ref but were told that it wasn't an issue. So it wasn't a big deal but a little more consistancy would have been nice since it was a key bunker.
Overall it was a pleasant day at CPP. Would I go back? Sure I would believe me I have had far worse experiences! Since I don't believe there is such a thing as a perfect 10 I'd give this field a 7. I'll update the next time we're back at this field in a month or so.
Last edited on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 3:43 pm PST