Youth Athletic Fields At Risk; Here’s How To Help

San Diego is planning to redevelop the De Anza area on the northeast end of Mission Bay. The impacted area includes the Bob McEvoy Youth Fields, which are the headquarters for multiple Mission Bay Youth Sports leagues, including Mission Bay Youth Baseball (MBYB). There is no guarantee that these fields will be preserved for our youth use, and there’s a very real prospect that they may be lost in the revitalization effort.

The impact of that would be significant. At present there are almost 2,000 local youth players using those fields year round in three different community leagues. There are three baseball fields, one softball field and six soccer fields in that small complex. A loss of any fields would result in the downsizing, or outright elimination of the Mission Bay baseball and softball leagues and PYSL, and youth in the community would lose the opportunity to participate in affordable local non-profit youth sports leagues. 

MBYB is advocating that the fields be preserved, and enhanced if possible, but MBYB needs immediate help from the community.

What Can I Do?

(1) Reach out to members of the planning committee, and city council, to make sure they know that those fields are vitally important to you and your children. Download a PDF with one page letter with a list of people you could send that letter to. Please either edit that that letter to address it to the people on the list, or write a similar one of your own, sign it and send it to the people listed. Emailing these people would be helpful as well.

(2) Come to the next De Anza Revitalization workshop and voice your support. That workshop will be looking for feedback from the audience on different design concepts. If you believe those youth fields are important, please let them know that. Ask that they not only be preserved, but not be downsized. Make sure that their redesign plans have the youth fields included. Press for improvements such as additional lighting on those fields, so we can support more practices with evening sessions, and have better security in the evening hours. That workshop is Monday November 7, 6 -8:30 pm at Mission Bay High School.

MBYB has been serving this community by providing an outstanding non-profit youth baseball league for more than 60 years. Its players have gone on to be valuable student leaders at local schools and many of them have returned here as professionals and even now serve their community as adults. MBYB would dearly like to continue to serve you, and aid in the development of strong character in our youth for the decades to come.

For questions and comments, please contact:

Jenny Goodman
PYSL DeAnza Revitalization Committee Chair

[Posted on 02 Nov 2016]
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