City of Goleta Celebrates Opening of Newly Renovated Multi-Purpose Field in Old Town
Post Date:10/03/2019 7:13 PM
The City of Goleta is pleased that today, October 3, 2019, hundreds of children and community members alike will be able to use the newly renovated multi-use recreational field located at 5679 Hollister Avenue (behind the Goleta Valley Community Center and adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club) Yesterday, October 2, 2019, the City of Goleta celebrated the grand opening of the spacious field at a special ribbon cutting ceremony attended by community members, City staff, local dignitaries, the Project Team and many of the children who will be using the field each day.
Please see short video clip of the celebration! https://youtu.be/6w32l49fKoI
The most memorable moment of the event was following the ribbon cutting when children from the Boys and Girls Club ran joyfully through a human tunnel and across the plush field for the first time. Several of the children spoke at the event about what they are looking forward to most. 11-year-old Annel Pacheco said, “Thank you for redoing our field. I would like to use the field for playing soccer and football.” 12-year-old Abraham Corrales said, “I will be looking forward to playing soccer, football and other kinds of sports.”
Vyto Adomaitis Director of Neighborhood Services and Public Safety for the City of Goleta also spoke at the ribbon cutting and said, “Just a few weeks ago we were standing on a field with gopher holes and now look at this beautiful multi-use field. So much work went into this wonderful project and I am pleased to report it was completed on time and under budget.”
In his remarks Mayor Pro Tempore Kyle Richards said, “We are so excited the community has another place to play, exercise and just be together. We believe in the importance in having open spaces that provide a clean and safe place for people to gather.”
Mayor Paula Perotte was unable to attend the special occasion due to an injury but said, “This new recreation space is a great addition for the entire community, the hundreds of children who attend the Goleta Boys & Girls Club each day, and those who use the Goleta Valley Community Center. In addition to the recently opened Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park in Old Town Goleta, this field shows the City’s commitment to creating spaces for the community to enjoy.”
The renovated one-acre site includes new natural grass turf with gopher mesh for the field, new irrigation, a walking perimeter path, a fitness station and new fencing.
The City broke ground on the project on June 19, 2019. Funding was provided by a combination of a $267,000 Housing Related Parks Program grant from the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and nearly $281,000 in Park Development Impact Fees.
At the ribbon cutting, community members also had the opportunity to check out information booths about upcoming City projects and programs and there were activities for children. The Goleta Police Department Motor Unit was present along with several Sheriff’s K9 teams.
Thanks to everyone who made this new multi-use field a reality and to everyone who helped us celebrate this special occasion.