U.S. Soccer Star Cobi Jones And Olympian Tamara Christopherson Among Leaders To Dedicate World-Class Public Soccer Fields For LA Youth

Four fields at 26-acre Griffith Park complex honor former City Council President John Ferraro who cast deciding vote supporting LA's 1984 Olympic Bid; Fields will support 171,000 youth players

30 Oct, 2015, 13:44 ET from LA84 Foundation

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The first phase of a major renovation to the 26-acre Ferraro Fields soccer complex at Griffith Park will be unveiled by former U.S. Soccer National team star and Hall of Famer Cobi Jones, Olympian and President of Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Tamara Christopherson, LA84 President and International Olympic Committee Member Anita DeFrantz, and dozens of youth soccer players from the LA area. The first four fields are dedicated exclusively to youth soccer, and feature long-lasting synthetic turf that will save 9.5 million gallons of water annually. An estimated 171,000 youth will use the soccer fields year-round – an increase from just 7,500 before the project was completed. The second and final phase restoration effort will feature an additional three adult regulation-size fields.  

The $10.5 million restoration effort is a private-public partnership spearheaded by the LA Parks Foundation, the LA84 Foundation and the City Department of Recreation and Parks. The next steps in renovation call for updated lighting, a fitness trail, play area, pathways and improved parking – all designed to expand capacity for LA residents to use the city's largest soccer facility year-round, and for extended evening hours.

WHAT:           

Dedication of Ferraro Fields: Press Conference



WHEN:

Saturday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.



WHERE:

John Ferraro Athletic Fields in Griffith Park


Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, where the I-5 meets the I-134 (see attached map for directions)



WHO:

Cobi Jones, three-time U.S. World Cup Soccer Player


Olympian, Southern California Olympians & Paralympians President, LA2024 Bid Committee member Tamara Christopherson


Anita L. DeFrantz, LA84 President and IOC Executive Member


The Honorable David Ryu, 4th District Councilmember


Michael A. Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks



VISUALS:

50 youth & soccer players; newly-renovated field emblazoned with the LA84 logo; official "dedication" ceremony with youth athletes breaking through a banner and participating in soccer drills; before and after photos

 

SOURCE LA84 Foundation