The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission has unanimously approved plans to build two new soccer fields at one park and to rename another after Martin J. Bogdanovich.
The board last week approved a 25-year lease with the county for 10 acres on the southeast corner of Friendship Park. The city will pay no rent under the terms of the lease, but will maintain the land and construct the soccer fields.
The board also voted to rename San Pedro Recreation Center the Martin J. Bogdanovich Recreation Center, after the San Pedro community activist and founder of Star-Kist Foods. Star-Kist was once a major employer in the area. Another city park of the same name was turned over to the Air Force for housing earlier this year.
The votes, which follow the recommendations of a citizens advisory committee, come at a time of intense concern in San Pedro over a shortage of athletic facilities for young people. At an emotional hearing earlier in the week, a coalition of youth groups demanded that 35 acres of the undeveloped White Point Park be set aside for a city-operated youth sports complex, rather than a state park and nature preserve.