Thursday, July 7, 2011

Camarena Field

WHERE: Woodland, California
WHERE EXACTLY: In Hans Christiansen Park, on West Beamer Street between Grand Avenue and Walnut Street
WHEN VISITED: July 3, 2011 while visiting family.

The park that the field is in is named after Hans Christiansen who was the only Woodland resident to die at the attack on Pearl Harbor. The park was established in 1946 but I'm not sure if the field was built at that time.

Classic 40's-50's era little league field, used by the Woodland Little League.

There are no stands on the third base side of the field. Instead a building for restrooms and one for what looks like a snack shack, but is probably used as a maintence building. The plaque for Han Christiansen Park is on the privacy wall next to the restrooms.

The only stands are on the first base side of the field and are metal bleacher type with wood seating.

Handicap ramps are located at either end. The below-ground dugout allows for a better view of the field from the stands.

The main building behind home plate serves as the press box on top and probably a snack shack below.

The field was didicated to Charles Camarena whose family is still active in the community. The plaque is located on the first base side of the press box building.

Looks like they do a lot of grilling on game days. I image that they roll this out from directly behind home plate before lighting it up. It would be a distraction to little Billy trying to strike out the side.

Dugouts are just that, dug out. They don't look very easy to get in and out of.

I love this shot with the old-school backstop and foul ball extension on top, with the press box building set back a bit.

Adjacent to Camarena Field is Dustin Pedroia Field, formerly Woodland Little League Field #2. MLB donated $20,000 to the Woodland Little League at Pedroia's request. He played in the Woodland Little League in the 90's. Couldn't bring myself to take a picture of it though.

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