BENEFITING: Hickman Youth Athletic Association
Hickman Field has been home to youth soccer, baseball, and softball in San Diego for over 40 years. More than 150,000 men and women can say they played youth sports at Hickman Field when they were kids. Some graduates of HYAA organizations have become professional athletes playing their respective sport in Major League Soccer, US Men's National Soccer Team, and Minor and Major League Baseball.
Today, with water restrictions impacting the condition of all 16 playing fields at Hickman, the Hickman Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) has determined that it must convert to recycled water to keep the fields playable and green. We are asking for your help to finance the cost of converting to recycled water. This emergency measure is being undertaken to stabilize our fields, and to provide a reliable source of irrigation water now and in the future.
As many of you may know, the Park and Recreation Board of the City of San Diego approved the General Development plan Amendment in January of 2015. Your support over these last few years has us close to commencing work at Hickman. The City has informed us that it will begin Phase 1 (Infrastructure) within the next 6-18 months. In 2016, we will begin to see the fruits of our efforts.
However, the severe drought conditions impacting Southern California are beginning to impact field conditions at Hickman now. In order to avert imminent field losses in the coming few months, we must have a regular and reliable source of water immediately. That source is through recycled water currently available just a couple hundred feet from our facility entrance. We have met with City and County of San Diego staff and have determined that this project can be completed before the end of the summer. To do that, we need your help.
This project is a win-win-win for all stakeholders. Hickman will have a reliable and plentiful source of irrigable water well into the future; The community will benefit with a significant reduction in potable water use that aids the City’s efforts to achieve the State mandated 16% water reduction; and the athletes and their families benefit by having grass under their playing shoes instead of dirt.
Thank you for all you do and for your continued support of youth athletics at Hickman Field.