A community backlash just defeated Glendale Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission’s plan to charge hourly fees for youth sports leagues using city fields. At a special meeting yesterday, the commission reversed its July 2 decision as it faced unified opposition from local Little League and AYSO representatives.
Jason Wells of the Glendale News press covered the story and published this update today.
Thousands of dollars from each league would have been necessary to pay those fees, which the commission wanted to cover maintenance costs and needed improvements. Families already pay annual league registration fees of $100 or more per child and added costs for equipment and transportation.
The commission is now seeking alternatives including corporate sponsorships and donations.
Sponsorships have paid for improvements in the past. Just two years ago, parents of former Glendale Little Leaguer Carlton Valvo II, who died in the World Trade Center attacks, donated $10,000 for the new scoreboard and other improvements at Glendale’s Babe Herman Little League Field.
The city of Glendale is upgrading its sports fields on a rotating basis, closing one at a time, which makes scheduling games, practices, and regular maintenance on the other fields problematic. Scholl Canyon baseball fields, with views as spectacular as its golf course views (pictured here by Tropico Station), are currently being upgraded.