Hundreds of city kids came out and got their kicks in at the opening of the new Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park on December 12. The new fields at the west end of the park will dramatically increase public access to the fields, tripling the amount of playtime there to more than 14,000 hours annually. The project was the final field renovation project in a ten-year, $52 million public-private partnership with the City Fields Foundation that resulted in the renovation of 21 fields at nine facilities across the city. All told, the field renovations have resulted in 90,000 hours of additional playtime on city fields each year and more than 200 new youth sports teams in the city, including 85 new girls soccer teams.
On hand to celebrate the event were Mayor Ed Lee; Assemblymember Phil Ting; Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu; Supervisors Eric Mar, Katy Tang and Scott Wiener; California Coastal Commissioner Mark Vargas; Recreation and Park Commissioners Mark Buell, Allan Low, Tom Harrison and Eric McDonnell; school board vice-president Hydra Mendoza; the Fisher family; City Fields director Susan Hirsch; and Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg. Angelee Yusi from James Denman Middle School kicked a ceremonial soccer goal to officially open the field.
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(Photos by Dennis Hearne)