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The City of Long Beach invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Chittick Field Renovation project. On Saturday, September 29 at 10:00AM, Mayor Foster, Councilmember Dee Andrews, and the County of Los Angeles will formally announce the start of renovations to Chittick Field. This exciting event will take place at 1900 Walnut Avenue in Long Beach.
"The community has been working hard to see the renovation of Chittick Field for years," says Mayor Bob Foster. “The ground breaking will bring us a step closer to building the City's best football, and track and field venues right here at Chittick Field.”
The groundbreaking ceremony celebrates the first phase of a multi-phased renovation project slated for Chittick Field. Phase I features construction of a regulation-sized football field with natural turf and new lighting for evening games. Surrounding the field will be an all-weather track. Funding for this phase, $4.3 million, is provided by the County of Los Angeles, Park and Open Space District.
"This is my neighborhood, where I have lived for the past 65 years,” says Councilmember Dee Andrews. “Within a one mile radius of the park there is a total population of 75,000 of my neighbors. With 37 percent of the population under 18 years old and 30 percent under the poverty line, it warms my heart to know that this will be a home for all to enjoy for free, including soccer fields, a football field that can be used for all, including the school district, and increase the ability of our youth to participate in athletics."
Future plans for Chittick Field include an array of track and field venues, including spaces for javelin, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump competitions; two youth soccer fields and one adult soccer field will also be added. In anticipation of increased use at this park, brand new terraced bleachers and restrooms will enable parents, the community and other interested parties to view burgeoning Long Beach athletes at Chittick Field. With the new state of the art facilities, come a new parking area along Walnut Avenue to offer 198 new parking spaces for athletes and their supporters at Chittick Field.
“I am pleased that the County of Los Angeles is partnering with the City of Long Beach to move this project forward,” says Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe. “Sports unite the community, and I am delighted to see this space renovated for the recreational benefit of people of all ages.”
The project will re-grade the existing bowl and add a low flow drainage system, a pump station, and various storm water treatment devices to meet current trash and bacteria reduction regulations. The City will begin demolition and clearing operations today through October 15. As Chittick Field is an active stormwater management facility, construction must cease between the rainy season, which is defined as October 15 through April 15. Construction work on the project will resume in April 2013.
For more information on the Chittick Field Renovation Project Groundbreaking event, please call (562) 570-3150.
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