Residents near Columbus Elementary this week said that the densely populated neighborhood cannot support a new $3.5-million soccer field currently being considered for the school site.
“We think it is an excellent project, we just don’t think it is an excellent place for it,” said neighbor Cooper Coleman.
Three years ago, the Glendale Unified School District proposed building the field along the southern perimeter of the campus at 425 West Milford St. It would serve as a joint-use facility for the district and city-supported recreational activities, such as AYSO soccer, although the city would cover the costs of construction, city planners said.
As proposed, the project would include the installation of a 49,500-square-foot artificial-turf field, field lighting, a restroom facility and a storage and maintenance shed. Parking for the project would be limited to the school’s existing 53-space lot.
The field would be available to community sports teams 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.