POSTED: July 29th 2014
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30th Anniversary of the LA 84 Games marked by renovation of the largest soccer complex in the area

IOC Executive Board Member and LA84 Foundation chief Anita DeFrantz underlined the foundation's $1 million donation for the field's improvements / LA 84
IOC Executive Board Member and LA84 Foundation chief Anita DeFrantz underlined the foundation's $1 million donation for the field's improvements / LA 84

Local athletes burst though the banner to launch the project / LA 84
Local athletes burst though the banner to launch the project / LA 84

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The legacy foundation from the Los Angeles ’84 Olympics is a role model that perpetually keeps on giving back to the community of Southern California.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Games a press event was held to announce the renovation of the John Ferraro Fields soccer facility at Griffith Park in Los Angeles to get it ready for future stars training in the arena.

A number of personalities including Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rafer Johnson, Edwin Moses, Greg Louganis and Nelson Vails, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell, LA84 Foundation President Anita DeFrantz, LA Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Shull, LA Recreation and Parks Commissioner Sylvia Patsaouras and 2015 Special Olympics World Games President & CEO Patrick McClenahan attended the event.

The $10.5 million renovations on the complex will make it able to serve almost 340,000 players a year and will dramatically reduce the water consumption by 95%. The LA 84 Foundation stepped up with a $1 million donation, the city matched that and individuals have given another $1.5 million.

DeFrantz noted, “What we want to do is make sure these fields are truly available. Right now they’re in terrible shape because of the lack of water.”

“It’s a major facility, it’s the largest soccer field in Los Angeles,” she said. “You have to look pretty far out to find a complex that would have this many fields.”

The seven fields will be replaced with synthetic turf cutting down the need for water as they currently guzzle 10 million gallons annually.

Young athletes from the local youth leagues symbolically burst running through the logo themed banner "Honoring the Legacy, Building for the Future" to launch the renovation works.


Keywords · Los Angeles · Anita De Frantz · Eric Garcetti · Rafer Johnson · Edwin Moses · Greg Louganis · John Ferrero Fields


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