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UCLA Second Lease Amendment
Wednesday, February 10, 2021The changing aspects of the VA West Los Angeles (WLA) Campus and UCLA Second Lease Amendment.
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, upon issuance of the Lease Award:
“Pursuant to VA’s authority under the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-226) and the existing VA-UCLA lease, VA has amended its lease agreement with the Regents of the University of California (UCLA) to permit UCLA to construct and operate a synthetic practice infield/recreation space within UCLA’s current leasehold for the joint use of UCLA and Veterans and their families. The construction of the Branca Family Field will be entirely paid for and constructed by private donations to UCLA Athletics for shared use as a practice facility by the University baseball team and a recreational facility for Veterans and their families. UCLA will work with VA to create, implement, and manage a program to provide Veterans ongoing access to, and use of, the Branca Family Field. Providing additional recreational opportunities for Veterans within UCLA’s leasehold strengthens the Veteran-serving focus of the existing lease and is consistent with VA’s Master Plan for the West Los Angeles Campus, which envisions a welcoming community for Veterans and their families surrounded by open spaces in which Veterans can relax, recreate, and interact with the community at large.
The practice field may be used for a variety of sports and recreational activities, including but not limited to baseball, soccer, jogging, yoga, softball, and other activities agreed to by and between VA and UCLA. In alignment with the Master Plan, VA will continue to negotiate land use transactions that provide benefits for Veterans, their families, and the nation’s taxpayers.
UCLA and VA have partnered to serve Veterans for more than 70 years, starting with the formation of a medical affiliation between UCLA’s School of Medicine and the VA healthcare center after World War II. This growing partnership now includes UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center, the VA/UCLA Center of Excellence on Veteran Resiliency and Recovery, the UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic, and numerous other programs and initiatives involving students, faculty, and staff associated with many UCLA professional schools and departments.
When not prohibited by COVID-19, UCLA Athletics offers free admission to all Veterans to home baseball games and special events at Jackie Robinson Stadium throughout the year, including a fantasy camp each spring where Veterans are invited onto the field for fielding and batting practice alongside UCLA baseball student-athletes and coaches.
VA is proud to continue its partnership with UCLA in support of Veteran health and well-being.”
For questions, contact:
VAGLAHS Office of Public Affairs at (310) 268-3340 or VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov.