11/8/14-Something Current-Dodger Dreamfield-Leland Recreation Center-San Pedro by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers
Saturday, November 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION, CITY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS, LA84 FOUNDATION AND SECURITY BENEFIT ALONG WITH JOE BUSCAINO, COUNCILMEMBER 15TH DISTRICT DEDICATE NEW DODGERS DREAMFIELD TODAY AT THE GRAND OPENING OF LELAND RECREATION CENTER
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, LA84 Foundation and Security Benefit, dedicated its 37th Dodgers Dreamfield at Leland Recreation Center, 863 S. Herbert Avenue in San Pedro today. Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Michael Shull, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Joe Buscaino, Councilmember, 15th District, Doane Liu, Deputy Mayor, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Anita L. DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation, Mark Turner, Senior VP, Education Market, West, Security Benefit and Debbie Rouser, President, Park Advisory Board, Leland Recreation Center were on hand for the event. Dodger Alumni League members Al Ferrara, Lee Lacy, Tim Leary and Matt Luke led a youth baseball clinic following the brief program emceed by SportsNet LA broadcaster John Hartung.
“We are pleased to dedicate our 37th Dodgers Dreamfield as part of the overall redevelopment of Leland Recreation Center,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. “We are proud to be providing this community a safe space for youngsters to play and learn.”
“The LA84 Foundation is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to bring a state-of-the art youth baseball field to Leland Park,” said LA84 President Anita L. DeFrantz. “We congratulate the community residents around Leland Park for rallying together to ensure that the park is once again a gathering place for families and for youth to be involved in sports.”
“This project is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when a community focuses their energies towards the possible,” said Joe Buscaino, Councilmember 15thDistrict. “In only one year, Leland Park went from being an abandoned trouble magnet to one of the nicest baseball parks in the City thanks to the efforts of the neighbors, the Department of Recreation and Parks, my office and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.”
Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks added: “The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation have had a long standing partnership to enhance the experience of our youths in playing baseball on world class Dodgers Dreamfields. We want to thank the entire Dodgers organization for their solid support of our communities through the enhancement of their Dreamfields. I want to also thank the LA84 Foundation for their positive and substantial support of the Department, as well as our newest supporter Security Benefit. This model partnership continues to bring social equity to all parts of our world class City.”
“The Dreamfield program is an outstanding example of reinvesting in not only our children but communities in the Los Angeles area,” said Mark Turner, Senior Vice President, Education Market, West, Security Benefit. “We are excited to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to make a difference in L.A.”
The grand opening and the dedication of the new Dodgers Dreamfield at Leland Park in the San Pedro community is a $1.3 million dollar investment by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and its partners, including LADF, LA84 Foundation and Security Benefit, into the redevelopment of Leland Park which includes a new Dodgers Dreamfield, outdoor Fitness Zone and many park improvements. The extensive upgrades include: a new ADA concrete ramp with handrail, new LED security lights and cameras throughout the park, new ADA upgrade for restrooms (layout, fixtures, and lights), new fitness area and an electrical upgrade from 100 amps service to 400 amps single phase switch board. Other improvements are new LED sport lighting and a basketball court, new concrete paving at the recreation building and a new restroom, new asphalt paving (parking lot, walkways, basketball and volleyball court), new chain link fencing (at play area, parking lot, basketball court, ball field and Cabrillo Avenue entrance), new automatic irrigation for the entire park with a smart controller and new landscaping with California native plant materials and turf reduction.
The Dodgers’ Dreamfields program is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s signature initiatives and its goal is to provide baseball fields where youngsters can learn the game of baseball in an organized program that is administered by the city or county in a safe environment while learning the importance of playing team sports and key characteristics like sportsmanship, ethics and fair play.
About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received an endowment of $93 million. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $220 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 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 the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world’s premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.
About Security Benefit
Security Benefit Life Insurance Company is a 122-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company, which in recent years has become one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. retirement market. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit has become a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments. To learn more about Security Benefit, visit www.securitybenefit.com.
About the Department of Recreation and Parks
The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains over 16,000 acres of parkland with over 430 neighborhood and regional parks, 184 recreation centers and facilities, 368 children’s play areas, 321 tennis courts, 256 ball fields, 31 senior centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, 24 skate parks, 61 swimming pools, 12 museums and an urban forest of one million trees and 92 miles of hiking trails. The Department also provides after school enrichment programs for children and teens including music, dance, and athletic programs. For more information about the Department of Recreation and Parks, please visit www.laparks.org.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers online at www.dodgers.com, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers.
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