City and School District Plan to Partner on Baseball Field
In a classic example of city and school district partnership, two government entities are finalizing a joint use agreement to upgrade and share use of the Houghton Park baseball field next to Jordan High School in North Long Beach.
The agreement, if approved by the Board of Education, would allow the City of Long Beach to grant permission for Jordan High School sports teams and physical education classes to use the field during the school year.
In return, the Long Beach Unified School District has agreed to make the necessary improvements to relocate and rebuild the baseball diamond and adjacent soccer field to an area next to the existing field.
"With Jordan High undergoing extensive renovations, we needed to find a place for the baseball teams and physical education programs during construction,” said Tova Corman, executive director of Facilities, Planning and Development for the school district.
"In the redesign of the Jordan campus we were not able to accommodate a new baseball field. That led us to seek a long-term solution — a 50-year joint use agreement — with the city to enable students to use the park field even after campus renovations are completed in 2017."
City officials say they have sought to upgrade the field for years but lacked funds to do so.
During the summer months, evenings and weekends when Jordan High is not using the baseball field, the city would be able to open up the area to community and youth groups as well as to the general public.
"The new field will be a great asset to North Long Beach," said Robert Livingstone, who represented the city in negotiations. "We are getting an upgraded facility, which will benefit everyone in the long run."
The City of Long Beach and LBUSD have had a longstanding general agreement that gives city groups preference on rentals of school auditoriums and gymnasiums whenever they are not needed by the school itself.