On September 20, 2012, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated the Barry A. Sanders Sports Field, the first all-access sports field in the City and County of Los Angeles.
The sports field was created so that children and adults with disabilities can participate in team sports including baseball, soccer and basketball. Its rubberized surface was designed for wheelchairs, walkers and those with an unsteady gait due to physical disabilities.
The sports field was made possible in part through a grant from GRoW, a philanthropic initiative of the Annenberg Foundation. It also received funding from the Weingart Foundation, LA84 Foundation, Chevrolet and the Office of Councilman Tony Cardenas.
“The Annenberg Foundation is dedicated to creating community space that everyone can enjoy. I’m delighted to help with this innovative sports field and hope it becomes a model for other communities,” said Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation.
In 2015, the Barry A. Sanders Sports Field will be used as a site for the Special Olympics World Games.