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Crescenta Valley High parents, students, graduate stand up for Stengel Field

More than 100 people came out to Tuesday's Glendale Unified school board meeting to urge the district, city to reach a resolution on management of field.

September 04, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • More than 100 people came out to Tuesdays Glendale Unified school board meeting to urge the district, city to reach a resolution on field management. (Tim Berger/File Photo)
More than 100 people came out to Tuesdays Glendale Unified…

GLENDALE — Five members of the Crescenta Valley High community urged the Glendale Unified School District board of education to collaborate with the city of Glendale to help restore Stengel Field to game shape for the upcoming 2014 baseball season Tuesday evening.

Those five — a pair of CV students, parents and a Falcons graduate — also shared their personal stories of Stengel Field and what it means to them, not only with the board, but a the packed room.

“Stengel Field, to me, is a place that not only creates dreams, but a place that makes them come true. I know for a fact that if not for this ballpark I would not be where I ended up,” said Trevor Bell, a former Crescenta Valley baseball phenom who’s currently in the Cincinnati Reds organization. “Still, I would give it all back — all of it — to keep Stengel Field how it is and how it once was when I was playing there. My point is, there are places and things that make people happy and keeps them motivated. Stengel Field, to me, is one of those places. I’ve had some of my greatest memories there.”

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There were more than 100 people in attendance and it was standing room only, as they lined up along the walls and spread out into the hall, to show support for a resolution between the city and district on the care of Stengel. Many in the crowd wore Crescenta Valley High or shirts, as the field is used as the home of the Crescenta Valley baseball team, along with Glendale Community College and Glendale Angelenos baseball.

While the school board thanked the community for its input and support, no decision was made on Stengel Field because the matter wasn’t on the night’s agenda, but will be at the Sept. 17 meeting, Glendale Unified Superintendent Richard Sheehan said.

“We are in conversations with the city and [Glendale Community College], so we are surprised to see you here tonight, but you’re always welcome to come and give your comments,” Sheehan said before the meeting got underway.

The main concern raised was about getting the field’s seating ready for the upcoming season. As of now, only the first two rows of the stands are usable, the rest are fenced off. The city discovered the bleachers were not up to code and began discussing the possibility of handing the management of the field over to the school district.

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