The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is back at it again improving the community. After breaking ground on a new Dreamfield at Gonzales Park in Compton last February, the foundation announced today that they will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the field this week.
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Groundbreaking of Jackie Robinson Field in Compton
The Dodgers Foundation will hold the ceremony on Jackie Robinson day, April 15th. Members of the Robinson family will be in attendance, as well as the Mayor of Compton and several high-profile members of the community.
More from the Dodgers Foundation on the event this week:
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), in partnership with the City of Compton, Kershaw’s Challenge and the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (MLB-MLBPA), will host a press conference at Gonzales Park to unveil the Phase One completion of a multi-million-dollar Dodgers Dreamfields complex.
Held on the 74th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the ribbon-cutting will celebrate this year’s return to youth sports after the COVID-19 quarantine and highlight the need for continued opportunities and places to play for Black and brown communities. Designed to support youth baseball and softball, from T-ball to college athletics, the Dodgers Dreamfields at Gonzales Park will feature three fields with new playing surfaces, fencing, dugouts, irrigation upgrades, lighting, paint, and scoreboards.
The project includes a number of highlights around the field, including Field 42 designed for players aged 5-8 years old. It also features Rachel Robinson Field for baseball players 9-12 and softball players 9-18. Jackie Robinson Stadium is designed for baseball players 13+ and for collegiate play, per the Dodgers Foundation.
The project also features Kershaw’s Challenge Training and Fitness Zone. That has two batting cages, bullpens, a practice field, and outdoor fitness equipment. The Dodgers Foundation also has the Science of Baseball outdoor classroom to introduce science, math, and physics to everyone that uses the facility.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday is not open to the public due to coronavirus guidelines for the city.