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Santa Maria residents protest city's plan to remove ball fields

Posted at 10:47 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 02:14:27-04

Some Santa Maria residents were out protesting monday against the city's plan to remove two softball fields.

Protesters could be heard chanting, "Save our fields, save our fields, save out fields!"

The dirt infields at Minami and Simas Fields in Santa Maria will soon be replaced with grass.

The City of Santa Maria says it will allow other sports to use the fields, but some residents are frusturated because they say finding a baseball field to practice can already be an issue.

"We know that soccer needs grass area too but we don't understand why them getting grass area means we can't have our softball fields anymore," says softball player Michaela Melena.

The City of Santa Maria wants to create more multi-purpose fields. They say that after the schools in the district closed their fields to the public, it put a burden on the city.

"What we're trying to do is look at how do we expand field opportunities for the community and then have enough space so that all the sports can still practice and have their league play and things," says Alex Posada, Santa Maria's Recreation and Parks Director.