Pico Rivera opens another football pitch, but the real goal is more – Whittier Daily News

Pico Rivera officials have dedicated the town’s latest recreation facility – a small soccer field, also called Futsal, on an outdoor asphalt pitch at Pico Park – but council members have said it won’t be the last. .

Instead, in a city with plenty of fields for baseball, softball and soccer and little for soccer, council members said at the Tuesday, April 5 ceremony that they wanted to address the inequity. .

  • Cesar Roldan, Jr. gives his father, Cesar Roldan, Sr. a kiss on the forehead during the opening of a new basketball court and mini futsal court at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, 5 April 2022. The Roldan family, who have two brothers playing in MLS, helped get the facility built in the town where they grew up. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cesar and Ana Roldan, center, cut the ribbon at the City of Pico Rivera’s newest recreational facility, a basketball court and mini futsal court for local youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a five-on-five football match played on a smaller pitch with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Pico Rivera opens its brand new recreational facility, basketball court and mini futsal court for area youth at Pico Park in Pico Rivera on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Futsal is a game of soccer five-on-five played on a smaller court with a smaller ball. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer)

“We just did a renovation here for Pico Park,” Councilman Erik Lutz said. “It’s only the beginning of 2022 and the years to come. We will improve our parks.

The newer facility is the size of a tennis court which can be used for the “futsal court”, a five-on-five football match, as well as a regular basketball court.

The city spent $140,000 on the facility and used a $40,000 grant from the National Park and Recreation Association to build a regulation-sized basketball court. He visited the site of degraded handball and basketball courts, said Pamela Yugar, director of parks and recreation.

The Roldan family, including Cristian, who plays for Major League Soccer Club Seattle Sounders and the U.S. Soccer team, donated $8,600 a year each for the next eight years for the naming rights for the facility.

Councilman Andrew Lara said he spoke to the family, who live in Pico Rivera. They made good points about Pico Rivera and football, he said.

“They’ve looked around the Pico Rivera community and there aren’t a lot of places to play the sport they love,” Lara said.

They told him that when the city redesigned the parks a decade ago, it didn’t create a place for football, he said.

“They’re absolutely right,” Lara said. “I can tell you it’s a down payment on paying off that dream they have.”

Pico Rivera now has soccer fields in Smith Park and on property next to Salazar High School. But there are at least four baseball diamonds.

City manager Steve Carmona acknowledged the city probably hasn’t done well with football, but said that will change.

“We plan to add football pitches and other equipment,” Carmona said.

“As the city evolves, there is more demand for soccer,” he says. “It’s more popular, not only globally, but also nationally and regionally. We must recognize this change.

Parents said they love the new Pico Park facility.

Beatriz Perez, whose daughter, Viviana, used it, said the facility will give children a place to socialize and be active.

Perez said it was often difficult to find a place to play football.

“Usually they have to wait to play,” she said.