By the time the 2008 bond was approved by voters, the City's playfields had been overused due to a citywide shortage of soccer, baseball and multi-use fields. With the growing demand of field athletics, it was difficult to meet demand while keeping the fields at an acceptable playing condition. The Recreation and Parks Department responded by fostering a successful ongoing public/private partnership with the City Fields Foundation. The overall philanthropic funding match for this program is 1-to-1 with a current expended gift of over $14 million. For more information about the nine playfields that were repaired and renovated as part of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond initiative, please see Playfield Initiative (2008 Bond).
Using a new generation of synthetic turf, select athletic fields across the City have been completely overhauled with field drainage, goals and backstops/fencing, bleachers, garbage cans, signage, and field lights. Renovated fields increase play time while reducing maintenance needs and water demand. The fields that have been renovated through this initiative are now some of the most requested by park users.
The Recreation and Park Department maintains the following 11 synthetic turf fields. Our Park Playfield Repairs and Reconstruction Program refurbishes these fields on a rotation every 10-15 years based on wear and resources. Click the name of the field for more information from our Athletic Field Directory.