Two Dodgers Dreamfields at Athens Park dedicated

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, unveiled two new Dodgers Dreamfields today at Athens Park in Los Angeles. Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers Howard Sunkin, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas, Vice President Grants & Programs, LA84 Foundation Patrick Escobar and Director, County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation Russ Guiney.

Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Kenny Landreaux and Wes Parker and Dodger pitcher Nathan Eovaldi were in attendance and led a clinic for youngsters on the new field following the dedication.

“We are proud to have left an inedible mark on the Los Angeles community with the tremendously successful Dodgers Dream Foundation Dreamfield program, an initiative that has elevated the Dodgers’ tradition of giving back to the community,” said Sunkin. “With twenty-five Dreamfields that benefit hundreds of thousands of children and their families established all over the city and county of Los Angeles, this is an incredible program and legacy that Frank McCourt has developed and one the new ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers has agreed to fulfill.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and LA84 to bring state of the art recreational amenities to Athens Park,” Ridley-Thomas said. “These Dreamfields create inspiring platforms for youth to learn about teamwork and develop a healthy lifestyle, values we know will last a life time.”

“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 Guiney. “We are so pleased to receive these Dreamfields working with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and look forward to similar projects in the future.” 

“The LA84 Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation to create the Dreamfields at Athens Park,” said Escobar.  “Youngsters who love baseball now have fields on which they can make their own dreams come true. We encourage parents to support the youngsters by volunteering to assist the teams in every way possible.”   

Field improvements at Athens Park’s two Dodgers Dreamfields include refurbished chain link backstops, new dugout roofs, refurbished irrigation systems, regrading in both outfields for proper drainage, new infield mix, new sod in both outfields, new solar-powered scoreboards and new field signage.

The Athens Park Dodgers Dreamfields are the fifth and sixth dedications of 2012 following Normandie Recreation Center (February 8), Harbor City Recreation Center (March 24), a Dodgers Dreamfield in memory of Christina Taylor-Green in Oro Valley, Arizona (March 30) and Lennox Park (April 26). In 2011, new Dreamfields were 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), Valley Plaza Park (August 13), Mona Park (November 14), two at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center (November 19) and Toberman Recreation Center (December 19).

The number of Dodgers Dreamfields since the program’s inception in 2003 total 25:

1)         Bishop Canyon Recreation Center

2)         Cheviot Hills Park

3)         Montecito Recreation Center

4)         Algin Sutton Recreation Center

5)         Wrigley Field

6)         Seoul International Park

7)         Evergreen Recreation Center

8)         Culver Marina Little League

9)         Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club

10)       Northridge Recreation Center

11)       Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

12)       Pecan Recreation Center

13)       Lemon Grove Recreation Center

14)       Pan Pacific Park

15)       Valley Plaza Park

16)       Mona Park

17)       Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Dodgers Dreamfield one

18)       Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Dodgers Dreamfield two

19)       Toberman Recreation Center

20)       Normandie Recreation Center

21)       Dodgers Dreamfield in memory of Christina-Taylor Green, Oro Valley, Arizona

22)       Harbor City Recreation Center

23)       Lennox Park

24)       Athens Park, Dodgers Dreamfield one

25)       Athens Park, Dodgers Dreamfield two

About the Dodgers Dream Foundation

Founded in 1998, the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF) was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. The Dodgers' Dreamfields program is the Foundation's signature initiative. The program is a partnership between the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and local city officials. For more information about the Dodgers Dream Foundation, please visit www.dodgers.com/community.

About LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  The Foundation received $93 million at its inception.  Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $200 million in sports programs serving more than two million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world’s premier sports library and meeting facilities.  The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport.  For additional information, please visit www.LA84Foundation.org.

About the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation operates 150 facilities across Los Angeles County, including 89 local and regional parks, 19 Nature Centers and Wildlife Sanctuaries, four Arboreta and Botanic Gardens, 19 Golf Courses, 337 miles of hiking and equestrian trails and the world-famous Hollywood Bowl and John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.  The Department of Parks and Recreation also offers award-winning programs for all ages, camping, boating, team sports, fitness activities, enrichment classes and much more.  For more information about the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, please visit http://parks.lacounty.gov.