Playa Vista Debuts New 7-Acre Sports Park

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The event features dedication of a universally-accessible playground, sports clinics, hot dogs and celebrity sports guests -- at the Westside's newest public park.

Playa Vista is pleased to bring this phenomenal Sports Park to sports enthusiasts across the Westside

Playa Vista today celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art, seven-acre Sports Park, drawing more than 1,000 local community members and sports fans to the Westside's newest public park. The Sports Park at Playa Vista features a Little League baseball field, soccer field, two half basketball courts, two tennis courts and a universally-accessible playground.

Designed by the internationally-recognized landscape architectural firm EDAW, the Sports Park also includes picnic areas and the first segment of a two-mile-long trail that parallels the Riparian Corridor, with exercise stations and a variety of viewpoints.

Throughout the day, visitors participated in an array of activities, including youth soccer clinics led by Brentwood-based Coast Sports, tennis exhibitions with pro Mike Anderson, a basketball exhibition with Clippers forward Corey Maggette, batting cages provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers and autograph signings by Dodger great Steve Garvey.

A special ceremony took place to inaugurate the universally-accessible playground, designed by Shane's Inspiration, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities. This playground allows children with disabilities to play side-by-side with their able-bodied peers, fostering awareness and acceptance. The playground has a special, spongy safe surface and a wide array of challenging and interactive play components.

"Playa Vista is pleased to bring this phenomenal Sports Park to sports enthusiasts across the Westside," said Playa Vista President Steve Soboroff. "We believe this is a premier park within the City of Los Angeles with recreational activities that appeal to everyone."

"The creation of the Sports Park has been a true collaborative process, and the results are amazing," added Playa Vista's Vice President of Planning Tom Jones. "Each component of the park has been carefully laid out with the local community and environment in mind, and we're very excited to unveil it today."

The Sports Park includes many state-of-the-art characteristics that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. For example, the synthetic turf at the John H. Henschel Soccer Field is made from polyethylene to prevent burn wounds caused by sliding. The Little League baseball field features "Tifsport" Bermuda grass turf specially selected for its ability to withstand heavy use. Of the two half basketball courts, one features an adjustable backboard that can be lowered for young children.

The soccer field requires no irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides or mowing -- so it produces no green waste. Due to the sophisticated subsurface drainage systems, rain water quickly drains away, allowing athletes to play ball year round. The trail is constructed of decomposed granite, a material that helps reduce the amount of storm water runoff and lessens the impact on joints for joggers and walkers. Additionally, 50 percent of the plant material at the park is either native, drought-tolerant or low water to reduce irrigation, and the lights illuminating the pathways feature highly efficient sharp cutoff optics to prevent light pollution into surrounding areas.

Playa Vista encourages members of the community to come enjoy this public park.

About Playa Vista
Nearly 5,000 people already live and work at Playa Vista, the newest residential community to be built in West Los Angeles in the last 50 years. The community balances residential, commercial and retail space, creating a place to live, work and play. The diverse collection of residences includes detached single-family homes, town homes, condominiums and charming lofts--all with state-of-the-art amenities. Situated about a mile from the ocean, Playa Vista is nestled below the bluffs of Westchester, adjacent to the newly restored Ballona Freshwater Marsh and within easy reach of Santa Monica, Venice, Century City and LAX. For more information, please visit http://www.playavista.com.

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