A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on renovations to two fields at Rimgrove Park will be held Monday, part of an effort to revive baseball in La Puente.
The project will include new turf, irrigation, fencing, backstop, dugout roofs, scoreboard, signage and a batting cage. Construction is expected to take 10-12 weeks.
A dedication event and baseball clinic will take place in June, according to Nichol Whiteman, executive director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, which is helping to finance the $492,000 project.
Financial support is also being provided by the office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, whose district includes La Puente, the insurance company Security Benefit, the LA84 Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Whiteman said.
The fields are the 48th and 49th to be renovated or built under the Dodgers Dreamfields program, which began in 2003 when the team was owned by the Fox Group. It continued when Frank McCourt owned the team from 2004-2012 and under the current ownership.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation spent $7.7 million on the first 47 fields. The foundation’s original goal of completing 50 fields will be achieved this fall, Whiteman said.
The foundation is the team’s official charity, supporting programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy, health and wellness benefiting children and families throughout the Los Angeles area.
Its programs are funded through private donations and various fundraising events. Team finances are not used.
The LA84 Foundation manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympics and supports a wide array of youth sports programming.
—City News Service
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