The West Covina Sportsplex a 315-acre development that brings much needed recreation and commercial retail business to the center of our City. Once a former landfill, the City of West Covina took a proactive role to convert a site that negatively impacted our community over the past 50 years into a viable, revenue generating and exciting development that serves to benefit our City many years into the future.
The West Covina Sportsplex is originally made up of three components, which includes the Commercial development, Big League Dreams Sports Park, and a Public Golf Course.
The first component is the 43-acre site commercial development, the Heights at West Covina. The commercial center which has 300,000 square feet of retail space, includes West Covina's 2nd Target, Home Depot, as well as various other specialty shops and restaurants. The Heights at West Covina opened in the of Spring 2007.
The Big League Dreams Sports Park provides baseball and softball players with the feeling that they are playing at professional ball venues. With stadium features and high quality ball fields that replicate sporting landmarks like Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium and Edison Field. The Big League Dreams Sports Park is a City park. It is owned by the City and maintained and operated under contract by Big League Dreams. West Covina's Big League Dreams opened in the Fall of 2007.
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The municipal golf course was designed by well-known golf course designer, Schmidt-Curley, and was to include:
- An 18-hole championship golf course
- A 17,000 square foot mission style clubhouse
- A 300 seat capacity restaurant/banquet facility and,
- 25-30 station lighted driving range
The municipal golf course had 8 of its 18 holes on the top deck of the closed Class III landfill which would have provided some of the most breathtaking views from a public golf course in the San Gabriel Valley.
The City moved dirt in order to create the pads for the commercial portion of the project. Additionally, the City moved dirt from the western and northwestern ridges of the BLD Sports Park site to the golf course site located north of the Class III landfill. An estimated 4 million cubic yards of soil were moved for the entire project.
There was also a lot of activity associated with the under grounding of utilities, such as water, electricity and cable lines along Azusa Avenue. In addition to the utilities on site, the City worked with Edison to have the major power lines on Azusa, adjacent to the development, placed underground.
The West Covina Sportsplex turned a former landfill into a marquee recreation facility and shopping center, making it a focal point and destination attraction for the City of West Covina and San Gabriel Valley.