AYSO Region 47 appreciates the continued support of the City of Riverside and its Public Utilities and Park and Recreation departments for their assistance with Region 47’s superb soccer fields.
In the early 1980’s, Riverside Mayor Ab Brown championed the development of this 56 acre parcel into youth sports fields. Mayor Brown arranged for grants and in-kind contributions from many local businesses that resulted in the Snack Bar building and the first several soccer fields.
Since then, Region 47 has developed many additional soccer fields and improvements and maintained everything, including the irrigation system and turf through our volunteer and fundraising efforts. Over the years, most of the proceeds of the Locomotion Tournament have been reinvested in these soccer fields.
Since 1985, the City of Riverside Public Utilities Department has leased the 56 acres of land comprising the Ab Brown Soccer Complex for $1 per year. Region 47 is further supported by an annual grant from the City of RiversidePark and Recreation Department that covers approximately 25% of the total costs of maintainingand improving the soccer fields.
As one of AYSO’s ten largest regions nationally, over 5,000 Riverside children race up and down these soccer fields each year. Region 47 is very proud of these AYSO-managed soccer fields and thanks the City of Riverside for their unwavering support of youth soccer.