By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: July 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | Updated: July 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm

In response to community protest, the city and an Upland developer have backed off their initial proposal to swap the Cabrillo Park soccer fields for a new sports complex in north Upland.brillo Soccer Fields

According to the revised preliminary plan, presented at a public workshop Thursday, July 12, at City Hall, Lewis Group of Companies would still purchase 45 acres north of the 210 Freeway to build the sports complex, only now with fewer fields. In return, the city would give Lewis 32 acres it owns in Sycamore Hills for a new residential community.

Originally, the 16-acre Cabrillo Park soccer fields, which are used primarily by AYSO Region 32, also would have been given to Lewis for residential development.

Janet Orcutt, regional commissioner for AYSO Region 32, said Friday she was happy with the new plans.

“We have a lot of history right there, for the last 45 years,” she added. “I’m glad we’re able to still serve the community and hopefully we can do some improvements that need to be made there to make it a little safer and move forward.”

AYSO officials expressed concerns about the impact moving the fields to the north would have on players living in the south, who may walk or ride their bicycles to practice, user fees and having field exclusivity.

“We heard resoundingly over the last two weeks that this was not the intent of what the community wanted,” Adam Collier, project manager for Lewis, said Thursday at the workshop. “We understand that. We respect that. That’s why we made the decision over the course of this week to make this new concept what we think is the most viable alternative for the community.”

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