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Efforts to build new sports fields in Northeast Pasadena picking up

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Date:

2010-04-21

Author:

Dan Abendschein

Publication:

Pasadena Star News

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PASADENA - A vacant, 3-acre dirt lot owned by the county may soon be transformed into a lighted playground full of soccer fields , officials said.

The site, located at the northeast corner of Washington and Sierra Madre boulevards, has been targeted by Pasadena Soccer Academy, a local nonprofit, since 2004.

"It's been obvious for some time that there are tons of kids who want to play soccer," said Kevin McCarthy, a former teacher and soccer coach who runs the nonprofit. "As they grow they need more space and right now we don't have it."

Although his group has had designs on the vacant lot for several years, McCarthy has run into difficulties with logistics, funding and in getting a lease for the land from the county.

McCarthy has raised $129,000 to fund his plan, but needs expertise from city officials, who have offered to help.

Specifically, the group needs Pasadena 's know-how in infrastructure and in dealing with the county.

"We need their expertise," McCarthy said. "The city isn't going to come up with a bunch of money for the project ... they don't need another city park to deal with."

The details of how much the city would get involved in the project, and at what cost, are still very much up in the air, said Patsy Lane, the head of Pasadena 's Recreation Department.

"We don't see it as something that will be a big cost to the city ... we're looking to the nonprofit groups to handle most of the work," Lane said.

But if the project is going to go forward, the city may need to actually operate the park, said Paul Novak, the planning deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

Novak said Antonovich supports the project, but that the county is more likely to lease the land if the city is involved.

McCarthy asked Pasadena to step in and assist after one of the PSA's partners suggested a pay-for-play model.

That plan was a non-starter for the county.

"The problem we had before is that there was a for-profit proposal, and this is land that the county purchased with taxpayer money," Novak said.

The city is now proposing that the county lease the land to it for $1 a year, essentially as a donation to the city.

Novak said Antonovich is working hard to make sure that the lease comes up at a county board meeting in the near future.

The timing of the project is urgent because the permit for the property expires in October, said Lane, meaning construction would have to start before then.

McCarthy said he has several more donors and grants lined up if the project goes forward.