Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, Recreation and Park Department Director Amy Wooldridge, and members of the Alameda Little League Challenger Division pose at the ribbon-cutting of Estuary Park's renovated synthetic field on Jan. 20.

ALAMEDA — Alamedans have a new park to call their own — the city known for its abundance of outdoor space now has its first synthetic turf sports field.

On a sunny afternoon on Jan. 20, the city Recreation and Park Department dedicated the new field and later, the Alameda Little League Challenger Division, which has children with physical and developmental disabilities, played a two-inning demonstration baseball game as part of the celebration.

“I do ribbon cuttings all the time, but when I look around at this opening, there are so many people here. Alameda turns out for our parks because we know how important they are,” Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer said.

The eight-acre park near the Oakland Estuary was the site of the former Alameda Naval Air Station and was dormant for years. After a $2 million renovation, the park now has a lighted, synthetic turf field for soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby, and it also has a synthetic baseball diamond specifically designed to be accessible to children of all abilities. There is also a new playground on the eastern portion of the park, along with picnic areas, basketball courts, an open lawn and a dog park.

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Source:: East Bay – Science

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