Dodgers Dream Foundation, LA84 Foundation Dedicate New Dodgers Dreamfield

The Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, unveiled a new Dodgers Dreamfield this afternoon at Mona Park in Compton. Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Frank McCourt, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Matt Kemp, Dodger center fielder, Howard Sunkin, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Second District, Anita L. DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation and Russ Guiney, Director, County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation.

At the dedication, Kemp and Dodger alumni including Compton native Kenny Landreaux, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas, led a clinic on the new field for students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and LA84 Foundation to bring high quality recreational amenities to Mona Park," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. "This state of the art baseball diamond creates an inspiring platform for youth to learn about teamwork and develop a healthy lifestyle, values that we hope will last a life time."

"The LA84 Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation to create a Dodgers Dreamfield at Mona Park," said LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz. "Mona Park serves thousands of youth throughout the year and it is important that they have first-caliber facilities in which they can improve their baseball skills."

"We are honored to be a part of this partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will enable hundreds of children to have a quality sports experience and foster a lifetime of healthy living practices while having fun at a County of Los Angeles Park," said Russ Guiney, Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. "We look forward to a continued relationship with the Dodger organization and similar projects in the future."

Renovations to the new Dodgers Dreamfield at Mona Park include a new irrigation system, re-grading of the entire field, new turf and infield dirt, a new solar-powered scoreboard and new field signage.

The Mona Park field is the seventh of ten Dreamfield dedications that will take place in 2011, a number that will more than double the number of Dodgers Dreamfields to 20, with the goal of 50 Dreamfields in the years to come. Thus far this year, new Dreamfields have been dedicated at Northridge Recreation Center (February 15), Martin Luther King Jr.

Recreation Center (April 2), Pecan Recreation Center (May 14), Lemon Grove Recreation Center (June 11), Pan Pacific Park (July 21) and Valley Plaza Park (August 13).

Eight of the new fields will be within Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks properties in the San Fernando Valley, Eastside, South Los Angeles and Central and Harbor areas and the field dedicated today is located in Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas' district. The tenth Dreamfield will be built in Oro Valley, Arizona in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.