LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Four world-class public soccer fields were dedicated the local youth players on Saturday in Griffith Park.

At 10 a.m., U.S. World Cup soccer player and Hall of Famer Cobi Jones joined Olympian Tamara Christopherson during a news conference held at the 26-acre Ferraro Fields complex.

Fifty youth soccer players were also in attendance.

Officials explained the first phase of the $10.5 million restoration project features four fields that have long-lasting synthetic turf, which will save 9.5 million gallons of water annually.

About 171,000 youth players are expected to use the new fields year-round when the project has completed.

The second and final phase of the project will offer an additional three adult regulation-size fields.

These fields will feature extended evening hours, updated lighting, a play area, pathways, improved parking and a fitness trail.

The restoration project is a private-public partnership between the L.A. Parks Foundation, the City Department of Recreation and Parks and the LA84 Foundation.

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