By renovating the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields with synthetic turf and lights, the amount of playtime available on these fields will triple from 4,738 hours per year to 14,320 hours per year - that's 9,582 hours of additional playtime annually. For a park feature that is largely used by children, the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields lack basic youth and family friendly amenities and are in need of repair and renovation.
Built more than 75 years ago, the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields were last renovated in 1998. The fields are currently unsafe and in poor condition due to heavy use, abundant gopher holes and seasonal, wet conditions.
The area of renovation is approximately 482,700 square feet and will take place within the approximate footprint as the existing soccer fields. The proposed project would renovate the facility with synthetic turf, field lights, install a pathway to, from and around the fields, improve the parking lot safety and circulation, rehabilitate the restroom, and add a spectator viewing plaza and provide on-field spectator and player seating. The project will also include the addition of a maintenance shed to replace the cargo container as well as a small play structure, BBQ picnic space, and new landscape and tree plantings.
The Recreation and Park Department will receive a generous in-kind donation from the City Fields Foundation in the amount of $6 million dollars. The City is also contributing approximately $6.2 million dollars towards this project form 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond funds.
The project started construction in November 2014 and is anticipated to be completed in winter 2015 (weather and other unforeseen circumstances may cause construction delays).