The playing fields of the Northeast Los Angeles Little League are set atop a hillside in Elysian Park with sweeping views of the city. But part of those fields, built on a landfill, have been sinking for several years now, causing the ground underneath the league snack bar and one of the two fields to lean, crack and sag, according to L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez. How bad is it? Lopez explains:
In the snack bar, adult volunteer Melody Nightingale’s left foot was at a decidedly lower elevation than her right foot as she served burgers and dogs fresh off a hot grill. “I’m beginning to lean this way permanently from working in here so long,” said Nightingale.
The concrete-block building is safe for now but will eventually have to be demolished, according to a spokeswoman for Councilman Ed Reyes.
A temporary snack bar and restroom will have to set up until funds could be found for a permanent replacement. Lopez suggested the Dodgers, located down the hill from the little league fields, might want to help fund the repairs. The team, however, remains noncommittal.