On March 16, in celebration of two newly refreshed soccer fields at Gilbert W. Lindsay Recreation Center, hundreds of community members gathered to enjoy the park’s restoration at the Coca-Cola Family Field Day, a free event of fun featuring field day challenges, games, music, and dancing.
The restoration was made possible through an initiative sponsored by Coca-Cola and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, to create open spaces where families and friends can have fun being active together.
“Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association and Coca-Cola for partnering with us to create positive programs and healthy lifestyles,” said Michael A Shull of the Department of Recreation and Parks. “We have a commitment to the communities we serve, and these two partners are a great example of how we can complete needed capital improvements.”
The neighborhoods surrounding Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center, just south of downtown, have been a focus for the city. There are only a few parks in the area, and many are in need of repairs. In addition to Gilbert’s two refurbished soccer fields, the partnership will be providing a grant to fund clinics and youth groups that will serve hundreds more community members per week.
“The soccer fields and programs at Gilbert W. Lindsay Recreation Center are just one example of our commitment to the City of Los Angeles,” said David Carey, Los Angeles Market Unit Vice President, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are dedicated to giving our neighbors, communities and families thriving parks and community spaces to inspire happiness and encourage everyone to get out, be active and have fun.”