Solana Vista field gets a face-lift

The east field at Solana Vista School received some TLC thanks to the Solana Beach Soccer Club, Solana Beach School District and the City of Solana Beach through their neighborhood grant program.

The project, totaling $13,000 in costs, was focused on improving the playability and safety of the field and reducing water usage through a more efficient watering system.

“The renovation of the irrigation system provided new water lines for the field irrigation. Although the old lines were serviceable, they were beginning to show their age, having new lines means longer life and fewer repairs,” said Bill Banning, the Solana Beach school district’s assistant superintendent.

New sprinkler heads and turf replacement reduced water usage by 20 percent.

“The Solana Vista fields get a lot of use and the need for improvements … became clear,” said Scott Billington, president of the Solana Beach Soccer Club.

The city paid for some of the fees, while the Soccer Club matched their expenses two-to-one. The field was dedicated to former Soccer Club president Tony Easton, who served for 28 years on the club’s board of directors.

“He (Easton) is the one who laid all of the groundwork to get the club to where it is today,” Billington said.

Easton’s last name also lends itself nicely to renaming the field the Easton Field, on the east side of Solana Vista.

“I feel very privileged, it really is a team effort,” Easton said after being surprised with a plaque dedicating the field in his honor on Sunday.

“The beauty of the sport is it doesn’t matter how much of an athlete you are, all are able to play,” he said.

In addition to monetary donations, the soccer club also invested in new soccer goals for the field that are engraved with “Easton Field” on the crossbars.

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