Built in the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in the Florence Firestone section of Los Angeles is one of the oldest parks in the county. But two new, state of the art baseball fields now make it one of the best places for children and families to enjoy a game of ball.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and Security Benefit Life Insurance recently dedicated Dodgers Dreamfields at Roosevelt Park. This marks the Second District’s 8th and 9th Deamfields, with baseball diamonds now at Campanella, Lennox, two in Athens, Mona, two at Jesse Owens, and at Ted Watkins Parks.
The two Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park include newly installed side and outfield fencing, newly replaced and refurbished backstop mesh and posts, newly installed metal dugout roofs, new laser leveled infield surface including new infield mix and bases, new turf infield and watering system, new laser-leveled outfield surface including new sprinkler heads and new sod, new remote controlled solar powered scoreboard and field signage.
With a new field in a well-lighted place, youngsters can practice their skills in a community setting, with coaches and parents all enjoying the amenities.
“With these fields, we celebrate beautiful sports facilities; we celebrate teamwork and a child’s first homerun,” said the Supervisor. “We celebrate coaches who instill a work ethic in their players and those skills will last a lifetime.”