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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced today that Occidental Petroleum Corporation has donated $1 million to help fund improvements to Chittick Field. The 19-acre site near Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut Avenue is being revitalized with the construction of a new sports park with soccer fields, a football field, a track, restrooms and parking.
"Occidental Petroleum's act of great corporate citizenship will benefit families in our community for years to come," Mayor Foster said. "This generous donation will help improve an area of the City that is severely lacking in open space and recreational opportunities for youth."
Chittick Field was developed more than 60 years ago with baseball and soccer fields, but has since fallen into disarray, which has led to the discontinuation of City sports league play. However, Chittick Field remains very popular with the community, and the improvements at the site constitute one of the largest park projects in Long Beach in several years.
“Oxy is proud to be a part of the Long Beach community," said Stephen I. Chazen, President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation. “Our contribution to Partners of Parks for revitalizing Chittick Field is a reflection of our successful partnership with the City of Long Beach and our commitment to our neighbors in Long Beach.”
When this phase of improvements is complete, Chittick Field will feature two youth soccer fields, one adult soccer field, one regulation football field surrounded by a 400-meter all weather track-and-field track, a parking lot for approximately 136 vehicles, and a bike path connecting the area to the Pacific Electric Right of Way Bike Path.
“Occidental Petroleum's generous donation will go a long way toward revitalizing Chittick Field, and the community as well,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews, who represents the 6th District. “Chittick field will soon be thriving with adults and children enjoying themselves, playing sports and leading happier, healthier lives, thanks to these 19 acres that are for all of Long Beach to enjoy.”
The funds were accepted on behalf of the City of Long Beach by the non-profit Partners of Parks organization. Other funding sources include the County of Los Angeles, Park and Open Space District, and City of Long Beach Open Space Bonds.
"The mission of Partners of Parks is to support public parks, recreation and marine programs and facilities in the City of Long Beach. The board of Partners of Parks is proud to dedicate 100 percent of these funds from Occidental Petroleum to a project that will have so much impact on the community," said Partners of Parks Executive Director Drew Satariano.
Chittick Field is also an active stormwater management facility. Construction on the first phase of improvements will begin in mid-April, and also include a low-flow drainage system, a pump station, and various storm water treatment devices to meet current trash and bacteria reduction regulations.
Future plans for the site include bleachers, lighting and a concession stand.
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