Major Field Improvements to South Pasadena Middle and High Schools

Major field project at South Pasadena Middle School nearly completed. New LED lighting installed at South Pasadena High School in 2018.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Maintenance crews were working on new tennis and basketball courts Thursday at South Pasadena Middle School.

Geoff Yantz smiled proudly as he surveyed the new field project at South Pasadena Middle School.

Making a major impact to the campus, the superintendent of the South Pasadena Unified School District likes what he sees.

“It’s beautiful,” said Yantz, pointing to the massive area that includes an artificial surface field with cork pellets for flag football and soccer games inside a circular walking path.

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PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Two new fields – one with an artificial surface and a second using natural grass – have been installed at South Pasadena Middle School. The project also features basketball and tennis courts.

Specialized paints will be used to line the fields for particular games to “keep it flexible,” noted Yantz, who said the cork will help to keep the field cooler under the hot sun.

Below to the east is an expanded natural grass area. New sod was installed about a week ago. Adjacent to the field are new tennis and basketball courts.

Maintenance crews were at the site on Thursday finishing work on the project in anticipation its completion in the coming week. A group of kids taking part in soccer camp were busy giving the field a test run.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Kids were busy breaking in a new artificial surface at South Pasadena Middle School on Thursday during a soccer camp.

“It’s really coming along,” said Yantz. “It’s almost finished.

Other construction projects in the district are underway, including:

Improvements at SPHS Stadium

Ray Solari Stadium at South Pasadena High will be closed until the 4th of July when it will reopen for the annual fireworks show as part of the city’s Festival of Balloons, a full day of activities celebrating Independence Day.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | The track and field at South Pasadena High will reopen for recreation on July 5 following renovations. The stadium will be used for the city’s annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July at 9 p.m.

The track and field will reopen to the community on July 5 for recreation use.

The outdoor lights shining down on the field are currently being replaced with LED lighting.

“It’s really going to significantly improve the brightness and safety, particularly on the south end where it has been pretty dark in the end zone during football games,” explained Yantz.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Ray Solari Stadium at South Pasadena High School is closed until July 4th for the fireworks show as new LED lighting is being installed.

The school district is also finishing the LED light conversion, including the exterior and in the classrooms, at the high school. “By the end of the summer, it will be completely retrofitted to LED,” said Yantz.

Science and Math Building

Ten new classrooms are under construction on Diamond Avenue, across from the two gyms at South Pasadena High School. The project is anticipated to be completed in December and will open for the school’s second semester in early 2019.

Yantz said a group of portables behind the softball field will be removed once the Science and Math Building is completed.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Youngsters were kicking soccer balls Thursday around a new field at South Pasadena Middle School.
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | New LED lighting will be installed at Ray Solari Stadium on the South Pasadena High campus.