The Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, unveiled a new Dodgers Dreamfield Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Harbor City Recreation Center in Los Angeles. Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Councilman Joe Buscaino, District 15, Howard Sunkin, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Anita DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation. Fox Sports West and PRIME TICKET Dodger host Patrick O’Neal served as emcee.
Following the dedication, Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Bill Russell and Derrel Thomas led a clinic on the new field.
“As someone who bleeds Dodger blue, I am thrilled to see the Dodgers Dream Foundation build a new baseball field at the Harbor City Recreational Center,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “I grew up playing Little League and high school baseball, and it affected me in such a positive way. I know the youth in Harbor City will reap many of the same rewards having this dream field. Thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers for such a significant contribution to our city.”
“It’s a great pleasure to dedicate the second Dodgers Dreamfield of 2012 and the first located in the South Bay community,” said Dodgers Dream Foundation Director and Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Howard Sunkin. “Following the first dedication of the year that highlighted our annual Community Caravan, we’re happy to once again join our generous partners today as we continue together toward another year of new Dreamfields throughout greater Los Angeles.”
“Harbor City Recreation Center marks the completion of the eighteenth Dodgers Dreamfield made possible through the efforts of the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Through this partnership we now have eighteen fields donning a whole new look and better playability thanks to a myriad of upgrades.”
“The Department of Recreation and Parks has a long history of working together with both business and non-profit partners to bring improved services to the communities and residents of Los Angeles. We will do whatever it takes to continue our steadfast commitment to promoting youth sports and active lifestyles through athletic activities. The re-building of these fields is a big step forward in achieving our collective goal of providing youth a safe and clean place to play. We are sincerely thankful to both the Dodgers Dream Foundation and LA84 for their generous donations” said, Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks.
“The LA84 Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department to create a Dreamfield at Harbor City Recreation Center,” said Anita L. DeFrantz LA84 Foundation President. “Youngsters who use the park now have a field in which they can improve their skills, have fun and make new friends. We encourage families to come out and support the players and ensure that every youngster who wishes to play has the opportunity to do so.”
Field improvements at Harbor City Recreation Center’s Dodgers Dreamfield include a new chain link backstop, new dugout roofs, irrigation system, grading in outfield for proper drainage, infield mix, sod in the outfield, solar-powered scoreboard and field signage.