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City hands over maintenance of Stengel Field to Glendale Unified School District

City council signs memorandum of understanding with school district, which will take over operations of Stengel in October.

September 24, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Quite a few teams benefit from the use of Stengel Field. (Raul Roa/File Art)
Quite a few teams benefit from the use of Stengel Field.…

GLENDALE — With no resistance at all, the Glendale City Council handed over management of Stengel Field to the Glendale Unified School District by approving a memorandum of understanding between the two parties at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“Rarely do we have an opportunity to bring you an item that makes sense to so many different stakeholders as we do tonight,” said Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa in introducing the item to the council before it was unanimously approved, 5-0, with Frank Quintero and Laura Friedman absent from the meeting.

Before the council voted on or even discussed the matter, Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver wanted to make sure everyone in attendance knew the historical significance of Stengel Field.

“Stengel Field is named after Casey Stengel, probably the most famous manager in baseball with the New York Yankees, at least when I was growing up,” Weaver said. “Mark McGwire, you’ve probably heard about him, used to play on that field. He’d hit that ball not only out of the park but into the wash. That was before steroids.”

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All jokes aside, the move is set to save the city approximately $120,000 annually, Glendale Director of Community Services and Parks Jess Duran said.

“This has a lot of merit and of all of these people who are stakeholders in this, I haven’t heard anything negative about it,” Glendale City Councilman Zareh Sinanyan said.

“How could you?” Weaver replied.

GUSD decided to step in and take responsibility for Stengel Field to secure a home field for the Crescenta Valley High baseball team after concerns were raised about the conditions of the field headed into the 2013 baseball season.

The Crescenta Valley, Glendale Community College and local Little League baseball teams will still be able to use Stengel as their home fields, according to the memorandum, but there’s no mention of the Glendale Angelenos summer collegiate team.

The Angelenos have used Stengel as their home in their three years of existence. While they aren’t mentioned in the memorandum, third parties can submit an application in the district to reserve Stengel Field.

The memorandum, which was approved by the district’s board of education on a 4-1 vote Sept. 17, will be in effect for two years, beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, 2015.

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