Aera’s donation to renovate the park is a score for local residents
King City officials have announced a $60,000 donation from Aera Energy to renovate the city’s Creek Bridge Soccer Park and re-open it as Aera Soccer Park for local youth and citizens.
The new and improved soccer field represents more than a venue for scoring goals with a black and white ball.
“Studies show that involvement in youth sports can significantly contribute to reducing youth crime,” said Mike LeBarre, King City’s mayor.
That’s a major driver in the city’s Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Violence. The plan’s efforts have resulted in a substantial drop in crime since it was implemented in 2016.
Slated for completion in the spring of 2020, the three-acre park has needed repairs for years, but the city lacked the necessary resources, LeBarre said.
Aera’s donation will fund the majority of the cost to renovate the field. That includes removing old turf, upgrading irrigation and developing better water conservation efforts. The city also has committed to maintaining the park, including all grass areas, trees, play structure, and soccer field, goals and equipment.
“Thanks to the City of King, this park will become one that will serve the youth and families of our community for generations to come,” said Kathy Miller, Aera public affairs coordinator for Monterey County. “Revitalizing the soccer park is one more step toward building a stronger and more vibrant community.”
LeBarre said Aera’s donation demonstrates its commitment to the community and to supporting local youth. The park has long been used by the four soccer teams of nearby Chalone Peaks Middle School, an adult soccer league and the city’s local youth soccer program.
“We are grateful for Aera’s donation and partnership in this project,” LeBarre added.
Several Aera employees live in King City, which sits about 30 miles north of Aera’s San Ardo oil field, and look forward to the new park.