Residents don't want soccer field in their Glendale neighborhood
Glendale residents say they don't want a soccer field in their neighborhood.
They say their densely populated neighborhood cannot support a new $3.5-million soccer field being considered for a school site. “We think it is an excellent project, we just don’t think it is an excellent place for it,” said neighbor Cooper Coleman.
Three years ago, the Glendale Unified School District proposed building the field along the southern perimeter of the campus at 425 West Milford St. It would serve as a joint-use facility for the district and city-supported recreational activities, such as AYSO soccer, although the city would cover the costs of construction, city planners said.
As proposed, the project would include the installation of a 49,500-square-foot artificial-turf field, field lighting, a restroom facility and a storage and maintenance shed. Parking for the project would be limited to the school’s existing 53-space lot.
--Molly O'Neil, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News
Photo: The playing field at Columbus Elementary School on Wednesday. Joint-use soccer fields are proposed for this location, which is surrounded by apartments, and opposition is growing because of the fear of increased traffic, crowds and stadium lighting. Proponents argue the site is important for kids because there is very little space in Glendale. Credit: Tim Berger/Times Community News