California District 66: District 66 News: LITTLE PADRES PARKS

Wednesday, May 2
LITTLE PADRES PARKS
Building clean, safe fields for youth baseball

To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of professional baseball in San Diego, dating to the 1936 Pacific Coast League Padres, Chairman John Moores suggested refurbishing baseball diamonds where youngsters throughout the region (including Baja California) could play ball in clean, safe settings. All Little Padres Parks have grass infields, big-league landscaping, scoreboards, and signature palm trees in the outfield.

These parks are found all over San Diego County from Oceanside to the South Bay, as far north as Lake Elsinore, east to El Centro and even south of the border in Tijuana--with more on the way. Parks have been dedicated in honor of Jackie Robinson, San Diego native Ted Williams, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and Andres Berumen, the first Tijuana native to pitch for the Padres.

On March 10th, 2007 the Padres proudly dedicated the 29th and 30th Little Padres Parks at Twin Hills Youth & Recreation Park for Little League and ASA Softball. This dedication officially brings the Padres half way home to our goal of refurbishing or building a total of 60 fields throughout the San Diego and the Baja California region.

The 31st Little Padres Park in Encanto was dedicated on Saturday, March 24th, 2007 at Verna Quinn field for Encanto Little League. The Padres are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with the Encanto Little League, Councilmember Tony Young, the Little League Urban Initiative, Bank of America's "Keep the Change" program, and special project contributor Randy McPhillips in the refurbishment of this field.

The two refurbished softball fields at Magnolia Elementary School in El Cajon mark the Padres 32nd and 33rd Little Padres Parks and are scheduled to be dedicated to El Cajon Girls Softball in an official ceremony on Saturday, April 28th, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.

Currently, the Padres have three additional fields under construction. The 34th Little Padres Park will host the Miracle League of San Diego at San Dieguito Park. The Miracle League is a charitable organization that provides children with mental or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. The Miracle League's mission is to build an ADA accessible ball field and to operate a league that serves the approximately 35,000 children with disabilities in San Diego County and the Padres are thrilled to be a part of creating this first field of its kind in Southern California. For more information, please visit contact Suzie Engel (858) 354-0204, suzie.engel@miracleleagueofsandiego.org.

The 35th and 36th Little Padres Parks are currently under construction for the Guaycura Little League in Tijuana and will be the final two fields dedicated in 2007.

The Padres are committed to supporting youth baseball & softball through this program and we couldn't complete these parks without the ongoing support of our dedicated Little Padres Parks partners. Thank you to the following valuable landscaping partners:
The Brickman Group
Aztec Fence
Briles Palm Farm
Daktronics
El Camino Rental
Hunter Industries
Hawthorne Rent-it Services
Fast Signs
GDM Contracting
Hanson Aggregates
Hydro-Scape Products
Tomark Sports
TruGreen Landscape
West Coast Turf
The Padres have also benefited from the corporate sponsorship of Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, and Bank of America. Additionally, Major Leaguer Esteban Loaiza contributed to the Guaycura Little League fields and private supporter Randy McPhillips made significant donations to the Encanto field.

Little Padres Parks
1. Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Southeast San Diego Dedicated 1/31/97
2. Matt LaChappa Field Lakeside Dedicated 3/14/97
3. Southwest Little League San Ysidro Dedicated 3/25/99
4. Campo Andres Berumen Tijuana Dedicated 8/16/97
5. Cadman Elementary Clairemont Dedicated 5/29/98
6. Recreation Park Oceanside Dedicated 4/4/98
7. Dave Winfield Park City Heights Dedicated 1/26/99
8. Point Loma Little League Field Point Loma Dedicated 9/18/98
9. Ted Williams Field North Park Dedicated 2/9/00
10. Rancho California Sports Park Field 1 Temecula Dedicated 11/19/99
11. Rancho California Sports Park Field 2 Temecula Dedicated 11/19/99
12. Dr. Jim Vernetti Stadium at Bradley Field Coronado Dedicated 4/8/00
13. Bob Bouchard Field Chollas Lake Dedicated 9/15/00
14. National City Field National City Dedicated 11/2/00
15. Damato Field San Diego Dedicated 2/8/00
16. Matich Field Lake Elsinore Dedicated 8/9/03
17. Frazier Field #1 El Centro Dedicated 2/12/02
18. Frazier Field #2 El Centro Dedicated 2/12/02
19. Jay W. Jeffcoat Field El Centro Dedicated 6/29/04
20. Sunflower Field El Centro Dedicated 6/29/04
21. Torrey Pines Elementary La Jolla Dedicated 2/2/03
22. Camp Pendleton Oceanside Dedicated 9/23/03
23. Sefton Field Mission Valley Dedicated 12/12/03
24. Memorial Community Field Logan Heights Dedicated 9/3/04
25. Brandon Lookingbill Field Campo Dedicated 6/25/05
26. Boys & Girls Club of Vista Vista Dedicated 2/8/06
27. Sweetwater Valley Little League Bonita Dedicated 3/25/06
28. Lemon Grove Little League Lemon Grove Dedicated 3/25/06
29. Twin Hills Little League & Softball Twin Hills Dedicated 3/10/07
30. Twin Hills Little League & Softball Twin Hills Dedicated 3/10/07
31. Encanto Little League Encanto Dedicated 3/24/07
32. El Cajon girls Softball El Cajon 4/28/07*
33. El Cajon girls Softball El Cajon 4/28/07*
34. Miracle League of San Diego San Dieguito Park 5/19/07*
35. Guaycura Little League Tijuana TBD
36. Guaycura Little League Tijuana TBD

* Scheduled dedication date