The Coast News Group

MLB, Padres give Escondido a new diamond

ESCONDIDO — A new shiny diamond is coming to the city.

Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres Foundation will hold a dedication ceremony for a new baseball diamond at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego — Conrad Prebys Branch, 115 Woodward Ave., at 2 p.m. July 9.

This site was chosen by MLB as a 2016 All-Star Community Legacy project. An existing parking lot and green space has been transformed into a multi-purpose baseball diamond complete with manual scoreboard, moveable fences and a large shade structure.

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, who will participate in the dedication ceremony, expressed appreciation for the legacy project noting, “Thanks to the generosity of MLB and the Padres, countless children in our community will have the chance to realize their dreams both on and off the field.”

“This project would not be possible without the long-term partnership between the City of Escondido and the Boys & Girls Club. We are grateful for the support of a caring community,” BGCGSD President/CEO Danny Sherlock added.

The 2016 All-Star Legacy initiative includes community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout San Diego County. The charitable program is done in tandem with the upcoming 87th MLB All-Star Game on July 12.

The initiative is made possible by the donation of nearly $5 million toward these local projects supporting youth or veterans, as well as to national charitable organizations.