LA CRESCENTA ? A new field and all-weather track will be unveiled Friday at Crescenta Valley High School, after a three-year fundraising campaign that netted more than $1 million and initial glimmers of doubt that the project would ever happen.
"How am I going to not cry," said Mike Padula, president of Crescenta Valley Community Committed to Athletic Needs ? the local fundraising organization known as CV CAN ? referring to Friday's event, which begins at 2 p.m. at the campus. "Look what this community has done. What we've pulled off. You've got to dare to dream. And with hard work, things will happen."
The dream for a new field started with Jim Beckenhauer, Crescenta Valley High School's boys' athletic director, Padula said.
A little more than three years ago, Padula said he thought Beckenhauer ? the school's football coach from 1985 to 1992 ? was "nuts" when he brought up the idea of a new track and field. The idea was to have a field that would withstand the elements, allow teams to play and practice on turf all year round, and would not have to be shut down three months out of the year because of rain, Padula said.