City Approves $2M PLHS Ballfield Upgrade

An agreement to pave the way for $2 million renovation of a baseball field in Point Loma got unanimous approval from the San Diego City Council Tuesday.

The Council voted to turn the field at Dana Middle School over to the San Diego Unified School District, from the city's Park and Recreation Department.

The city of San Diego has a joint-use agreement with San Diego Unified for 7.3 acres on the Dana campus, encompassing two baseball fields and paved playground areas.

The San Diego Unified School District owns the land and will bankroll the project.

The district will underwrite the make-over, with the assistance of retired major league pitching star David Wells, a graduate of Point Loma High School, whose baseball team plays its home games there.

PLHS baseball coach Joe Radovich lobbied for the decision, saying that Wells Field is long overdue for a major makeover, starting with artificial turf and state of the art-irrigation.

Residents were assured that night lights will not be installed.

The Park & Recreation and Development Services initially advised against the arrangement, arguing that losing 3.5 acres of joint-use park space would be tough to make up in the community.

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