Dodgers Press Release
Dodgers Dream Foundation Dedicate Dodgers Dreamfield at Lennox Park
Dedication marks fourth Dodgers Dreamfield this season and 23rd overall
LOS ANGELES – 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 today at Lennox 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, President, LA84 Foundation Anita L. DeFrantz and Director, County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation Russ Guiney. PRIME TICKET Spanish-language broadcaster Jorge Jarrín hosted the event.
Dodger alumni Kenny Landreaux, Wes Parker, Derrel Thomas and Fernando Valenzuela were in attendance and also led a clinic on the new field following the dedication for youngsters from Moffett Elementary, Huerta Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Bufford Elementary and Lennox Middle School.
“The Dodgers are off to a great start on the field and we’re thrilled to bring another Dodgers Dreamfield to the community,” Sunkin said. “We hope that the children present today enjoyed learning from Dodger alumni, can take pride in their new Dodgers Dreamfield and share it with their family and friends.”
“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,” Guiney said. “We are so pleased to receive this second Dreamfield working with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and look forward to similar projects in the future.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and LA84 to bring state of the art recreational amenities to Lennox and Athens Parks,” Ridley-Thomas said. “These dream fields create inspiring platforms for youth to learn about teamwork and develop a healthy lifestyle, values we know will last a lifetime.”
“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 a Dreamfield at Lennox Park. We believe every youngster who wishes to participate in a sport should have the opportunity to do so in the best facilities available. Youngsters who play baseball at Lennox Park now have the perfect field in which to practice and perfect their baseball skills,” said DeFrantz. “It took teamwork to build this field and we know that youngsters who play on it will also learn how teamwork in and outside the field of play creates success.”
Field improvements at Lennox Park’s Dodgers Dreamfield include a refurbished chain ink backstop, new dugout roofs, a refurbished irrigation system, regrading in the outfield for proper drainage, new infield mix, new sod in the outfield, a new solar-powered scoreboard and new field signage.
The Lennox Park Dodgers Dreamfield is the fourth dedication of 2012 following Normandie Recreation Center (February 8), Harbor City Recreation Center (March 24) and a Dodgers Dreamfield in memory of Christina Taylor-Green in Oro Valley, Arizona (March 30). In 2011, new Dreamfields were dedicated at Northridge Recreation Center (February 15, 2011), Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (April 2, 2011), Pecan Recreation Center (May 14, 2011), Lemon Grove Recreation Center (June 11, 2011), Pan Pacific Park (July 21, 2011), Valley Plaza Park (August 13, 2011), Mona Park (November 14, 2011), two at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center (November 19, 2011) and Toberman Recreation Center (December 19, 2011).
The number of Dodgers Dreamfields since the program’s inception in 2003 will total 25 by Saturday:
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 (Tomorrow, April 26, 2012)
24) Athens Park (Saturday, April 28, 2012), Dodgers Dreamfield one
25) Athens Park (Saturday, April 28, 2012), 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.