THE JOHN FERRARO SOCCER COMPLEX.
SITE: Griffith Park, Zoo Drive between 5 & 134 Freeways, Los Angeles, 90027
Where else can you play soccer next to a movie studio, a river confluence, a freeway interchange, and the largest urban wilderness park in the U.S.?
As you ride up the L.A. River bike path, this park offers the first respite from the roar of the 5 freeway as you curve towards Burbank. The park has five regulation and two practice soccer and rugby fields, and at its north end is the Griffith Park Dog Park, where you can enjoy a riverside picnic with your best friends. Across the river you'll see the Dreamworks movie studio and the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, to which you'll soon be able to reach on a bridge that is being planned for the near future, along with a proposal to bring a side-stream from the L.A. River to the field grounds.
LAPF has partnered with the LA84 Foundation on the John Ferraro Soccer Complex project at Griffith Park. The renovation of the largest urban soccer complex in Los Angeles will dramatically expand its usage and will save 9.5 million gallons of water per year with the conversion to synthetic turf. Ground was broken in Spring 2014 and the 7 turf fields have been completed.