A new Dodgers Dream Field at Mona Park in Willowbrook

On Monday, November 14, hundreds attended the dedication of the new Dodger Dream Field. Approximately 100 youth from neighboring Martin Luther King Elementary School participated in a free baseball clinic led by Dodger Alumni. Guest speakers included Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Anita De Frantz and Patrick Escobar from LA84, Dodger owner Frank McCourt and Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp. Mona Park is the 16th Dodger Dream Field and the first of it’s kind in L.A. County.

A renovated baseball field at Mona Park was dedicated Monday, with funding provided by the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the LA84 Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

A new irrigation system, turf, infield dirt, a solar-powered scoreboard and signage were installed while the entire field was re-graded.

The renovated field “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 Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The field is the 16th to be built or renovated under the Dodgers Dream Foundation, created in 1998 to provide educational, athletic and recreation opportunities for youth in the greater Los Angeles area, with a special emphasis in helping underserved youth.

Under the program begun in 2003, 14 existing baseball fields have been renovated and two new ones have been built.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, star center fielder Matt Kemp and county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas were on hand for the ceremony.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation, the LA84 Foundation, which manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation committed in the summer of 2010 to create eight new Dodgers Dream Fields in Los Angeles and a ninth in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

The Dodgers Dream Field at Mona Park is the seventh of those nine, all dedicated since March. Two more dedications are planned by the end of the year. The Dodgers Dream Foundation has a goal bringing the total number of fields renovated or built to 50 and is funded through private donations and various fundraisers. No team finances are used.