Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Alvarez Start New Year with Major Park Improvement

New Lights in San Ysidro Create Opportunities for After-School Youth Sports

 

San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember David Alvarez hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for eight new sports field lights that will illuminate multipurpose and baseball fields at Larsen Field in San Ysidro. The City park, located at 455 Sycamore Drive, will now have additional fields open at night for youth soccer, flag football and baseball programs.

"Our mission to build 'One San Diego' means making sure our first-class parks are accessible and safe for children and families," Mayor Faulconer said. "The new lights at Larsen Field allow people in the neighborhood to enjoy their park more hours of the day while ensuring environmental and financial responsibility. I am proud our City staff developed an innovative plan that improves the lives of the residents in the San Ysidro neighborhood."

The project also included improvements that will make the new fields accessible for people with disabilities. The area features new drinking fountains, dugouts and walkways.

"The improved Larsen Field is a beautiful community asset for everyone in San Ysidro," Councilmember Alvarez said. "The new recreation field facilities features make this a model for our future park development efforts. I appreciate the hard work of the San Ysidro Recreation Council and City staff for making this new improved park a reality."

The project involved coordination between Engineering and Environmental Services staff to separate the building from the ball field electric load, and qualify for a special electric rate for outdoor sports and recreation nighttime operation provided by San Diego Gas and Electric. The City estimates that it will save up to 20 percent on this field's ongoing lighting expenses.

Joining Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Alvarez were City Park and Recreation Director Herman Parker, Architectural Engineering and Parks Division Deputy Director Mark Nassar, Recreation Council President and San Ysidro School District Board Vice-President Antonio Martinez, and local residents.

CONTACT: Charles Chamberlayne at (619) 453-9911 or [email protected]