The LaSalle Language Academy soccer field survey results are complete. Follow the “Read more” tab to see responses. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete a survey. These results will guide us in discussions with LaSalle Language Academy and with government offices. Click here to review the responses.
Here again is the proposal: The LaSalle Language Academy’s asphalt playground requires significant substrate and surface repair. In conjunction with those repairs is a proposal create a multi-purpose artificial turf soccer field. The plan is to create four new areas including two new playground equipment areas, one for 4-7 year-olds and one for 8-13 year-olds. There will be a small asphalt area for riding bikes and the soccer field will occupy approximately 75% of the total playground space.
The overall budget for the repairs draws upon a city wide CPS capital improvement fund that was approved last July. LaSalle only found out that it was an eligible for monies to repair its playground August of 2018. Now, LaSalle has announced that between CPS, its community of supporters, and the 43rd Ward office, it will be able to raise sufficient money for the additional cost of the field: a budget totaling $2,000,000.
LaSalle has expressed its belief the additional cost for the artificial turf field can be justified since the field offers a potential income stream for the school if it is rented out to teams in various youth leagues. The field is too small for adult soccer. There is no plan for lights or night games. However, LaSalle’ s stated goal, $100,000 per year, at $200 per game would require 500 games per year translating into 20-23 games per week during the 5 playable non-summer months.
We’ve had an open and honest dialogue with LaSalle’s administration, LSC, and Old Town Triangle residents. However, neighbors continue to express concerns that the school’s plan to rent the field would place unprecedented strain on the neighborhood’s capacity for traffic and parking. Additional concerns have been raised about increased noise, litter, the unsightly appearance of tall netting (required to keep balls from hitting cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and homes), and potential increase in crime.
While the Old Town Triangle Association has been and remains a strong perennial supporter of the LaSalle Language Academy, our mission is to promote the quality of life for all residents (members and non-members alike) in the Triangle. Accordingly, we ask a few moments of your time to complete the following survey.
If you prefer, you can also respond to this survey online. Visit oldtowntriangle.com and follow the link to the survey.
In order for your survey to count we ask to have your contact information to help us:
- Verify that neighbors only fill out one survey (either on-line or print), keeping it fair.
- Keep you updated on news and events that relate specifically to the Old Town Triangle such as the soccer field, crime and various neighborhood events.