Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM)
is kicking things off at the new El Dorado Park West
Multi-Purpose Sports Field with a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2.
“I cannot wait to see all the kids and families playing on this new field,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “There’s always a demand for great spaces like this for sports in Long Beach, and this amazing project is going to be a benefit to our community for years to come.”
Now the largest sports field in the City of Long Beach, measuring 210 feet by 315 feet, the new synthetic turf at 2700 Studebaker Road was constructed using renewable cork and sand infill material as an alternative to crumb rubber. The field perimeter is lined with boulders to prevent damage to the field and provide a decorative alternative to a standard fence.
Among the benefits of replacing natural grass with synthetic turf is reduced water use and better stormwater runoff management through subsurface drainage systems. The field does not require regular irrigation and has heat dissipating properties.
Synthetic turf fields also have lower maintenance costs, are more accessible year-round than grass and have been shown to improve usability, safety and performance for athletes.
Following an item brought forth by Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan, endorsed by Councilman Al Austin, and approved by the City Council at large, the approximately $3.1 million project is funded with $2.35 million from Measure A and $761,644 in one-time funds for City Council District Priority Funding.
“We are very excited to celebrate the grand opening of the new El Dorado Park West all-weather sports field,” said Mungo Flanigan. “The parents, kids and coaches who led this initiative should be proud. It was with a great amount of community input that resulted in what I believe is our best field revamp yet.”
For more information or to make reservations to use PRM athletic fields, contact Gabriel Cruz, Community Services Supervisor, at 562.570.3204 or Gabriel.Cruz@longbeach.gov