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#19-014
State of the Art Athletic and Academic Facility Coming to Carson

This month the Carson City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the County of Los Angeles for the design, construction and operation of the Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus Project in Carson on more than 80 acres of the County-owned Victoria Golf Course located adjacent to the 405 freeway at the corner of Avalon and Martin Luther King, Jr. Street in the City of Carson.

The project boasts of 62 tennis courts, 8 soccer fields, 2 multi-use fields, and a 25,000 square feet youth-focus learning center that includes 2 basketball courts. The purpose of the agreement is to set out terms and conditions in which the City of Carson and the County of Los Angeles agree to work together to address concerns that may arise from the project, e.g. increased traffic.

“The City of Carson is pleased to partner with the County on this project. It stands to make a unique impact not only on our residents but the surrounding cities to provide community space and both athletic and academic opportunities for our youth. It is one of numerous developments happening to our City that is rapidly proving our motto true of having a ‘Future Unlimited’,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles.

Benefits of this project include access to the site for City special events, community events, and tournaments. Free and low-cost public access to tennis courts, soccer fields, multi-purpose fields, track and training turf, heal and fitness programming for all ages is also part of the agreement.

The Kimmelman Foundation will fund private security companies to provide security services and reimburse the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and/or the Fire Department if additional law enforcement officers or fire personnel are necessary for special events.

Based on review of industry standard and empirical parking studies, the Kimmelman Project will include more than the required parking for events. These studies also show that public transit in Carson and nearby cities like Torrance, Gardena, and Long Beach as well as the existing masterplan of bikeways that surround the property will ease any anticipated congestion during events.

“Other benefits of the project include about $4.5 million towards the City’s street, sidewalk, and landscape repair and improvements on Avalon Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Main Street. Civic art, utility wraps, and civic art totaling up to $100,000 highlighting the City as a partner for the project is also a part of the memorandum of agreement,” added Mayor Robles.

The Kimmelman Project hopes to break ground in 2020. The project has an estimated cost of $60 million to $100 million. Private partners of this project include the Carol Kimmelman Foundation, L.A. Galaxy Foundation, United States Tennis Association, and Tiger Woods Foundation.

The project came into focus after Carol Kimmelman died of ovarian cancer in 2017 at the age of 53. Kimmelman and their four children started talking about what to do to honor her memory. They focused on two things: her early commitment to teaching disadvantaged youth in the region where she grew up, and her love for tennis. Not only was she an excellent player -- on USC’s national championship team in 1983 and in competitions almost right up until she died -- she’d served on an advisory board for the United States Tennis Association Foundation.


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