The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, unveiled two new Dodgers Dreamfields today at Highland Park Recreation Center in Los Angeles.
Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Renata Simril, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers and Board Member, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Ed P. Reyes, Councilmember, District 1, Jose Huizar, Councilmember, District 14, Jimmy Gomez, Assemblymember, District 51, Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, Recreation and Parks and Patrick Escobar, Vice President, LA84 Foundation.
Dodger coach Manny Mota and Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, Tommy Davis, "Sweet" Lou Johnson and Derrel Thomas were in attendance and also conducted a clinic on the new field following the dedication for youngsters from the 2013 Spring Youth Baseball and Softball League at Highland Park Recreation Center.
"The fundamentals that come with the game of baseball are critical components that lead to the success of our youth on and off the field," said Renata Simril, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers and Board Member, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. "Dodgers Dreamfields, such as the one here in Highland Park and the many more throughout the Los Angeles region, allow us to utilize baseball as a means to instill important life lessons in our youth while at the same time contribute to the positive development of our communities."
"The Dodgers Dreamfield is a great gift to the children and families in the densely-populated community of Highland Park," said Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium. "We have teamed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers with the collective goal to improve the health and education of our children in a fun way. The Dreamfield sends a powerful message that we are investing in our youth and in our neighborhoods."
"The LA84 Foundation is pleased to be a partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department to bring a state-of-the art baseball field to Highland Park," said Patrick Escobar, Vice President, LA 84 Foundation. "It is time to play ball. We are delighted that youngsters will be able to improve their skills and dream of the big leagues at this great facility. We encourage parents and youngsters to maximize the use of the field and to care for it so that it will continue to serve others in the years to come."
"I am very pleased that the Department of Recreation and Parks has again partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the LA84 Foundation in 2013 to add even more Dodgers Dreamfields throughout the city," said Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. "These re-build and renovated fields have been a great success bringing a myriad of upgrades that promote youth sports and an active lifestyle. The support of both the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and LA84 Foundation helps the Department continue to build healthy communities through people, parks, and places."
Field improvements at Highland Park Recreation Center's two Dodgers Dreamfields include new field fencing, improved backstops, new paint on backstops and side fencing, new dugout roofs on the main field, renovated infield surface with laser grading and infield mix, newly installed bases, amended infield and outfield radii for a uniform perimeter edge, renovated outfield turf and irrigation system, and a new solar scoreboard and field signage.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
The Los Angeles Dodger Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers whose primary focus is to support key cornerstone programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy, and health and wellness benefitting children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Leveraging strategic partnerships, the foundation's goal is to harness the power of the Dodgers' brand and the passion Dodger fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. For more information about the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, please visit www.dodgers.com/community.
About LA84 Foundation
The Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received $93 million at its inception. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $206 million in sports programs serving more than two and a half million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation awards grants, initiates sports programs, offers coaching education and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit www.LA84Foundation.org.
About the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation
The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains over 15,710 acres of parkland with over 400 neighborhood and regional parks, 184 recreation centers and facilities, 372 children's play areas, 321 tennis courts, 256 ball fields, 31 senior centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, 18 skate parks, 12 museums and an urban forest of one million trees. The Department also provides after school and day care programs for children teens, including basketball, volleyball, softball and flag football leagues. For more information about the Department of Recreation and Parks, please visit www.laparks.org.