Starting on Feb. 15, soccer players who use the new artificial turf at Pacific Community Center, which was installed last month for $900,000, will have to pay more to rent the field.

Rather than paying between $26 and $90 per hour for rental, soccer players are set to pay between $29 and $120 per hour, following approval by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission this week.

Rates depend on the type of use and time. Youth groups pay the least, while commercial groups must shell out the most.

City officials said the increased costs were due to the need for a paid staffer to supervise play on the artificial field at 501 S. Pacific Ave. because there will be more restrictions than when the field had natural turf.

For example, players on artificial turf can’t bring Gatorade or other energy drinks onto the field, which is also sensitive to gum and seeds. In addition, a portion of the new fees will be set aside to replace the field when it comes to the end of its life in 10 to 15 years, according to a city report.

The commission also approved a new Adult 9-on-9 soccer league on Thursdays and Saturdays from August through January at Pacific Park to meet the high demand for soccer play in the city. That league will cost $675 per team.

The new and increased fees are expected to generate $45,000 in additional revenue to be used for the field, according to the city report.

For more information, contact the Community Services & Parks Department at (818) 548-2000.

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