OPRF's South Field on Lake Street to close for replacement


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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

The South Field at Lake Street and Scoville will close on July 11 and reopen about a month later after the artificial turf surface has been replaced.

The turf is 11 years old, well past its eight-year lifespan. The new surface will cost Oak Park and River Forest High School roughly $550,000, says Robert Zummallen, OPRF's buildings and grounds director. The new surface will be more grass-like, as opposed to the carpet-like surface currently there. The field is scheduled to reopen to the public on Aug. 11.

The District 200 Board of Education approved the south field replacement in spring 2012.

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Leslie Roberts from Oak Park  

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 10:14 AM

What happens to the old artificial turf? Does it become landfill? Please test the soil to see if chemicals from the degrading artificial turf has leached into the ground. How ecologically safe is the new artificial turf chosen?


Posted: June 3rd, 2013 9:46 AM

Fiscal oversight? OPRF kept the field in play 3 more years than recommended by the manufacturer. My guess is because of the fiscal oversight of the OPRF staff. Curious, fiscal oversight? Maintenance? Grooming?


Posted: June 3rd, 2013 5:39 AM

@"edge" I have no problem with the turf field or the replacement. I do have a problem with spending money to groom the field, for what i can remember being the first time last year, and replacing it this year. All I am asking is for some fiscal oversight.

Mike Lennox from oak park  

Posted: May 31st, 2013 10:15 PM

Did tax payers know this was only to last eight years? And "oh boy" it lasted eleven years. How about going back to old fashion grass and hire two or three full time people at $25k for the next ten years to keep the grass trim with scissors. I'll buy the scissors!

Matt on Madison  

Posted: May 31st, 2013 11:01 AM

11 years for a 8 year field and it will be replaced with a better product. I know everyone bitches about the reserve fund but in a case like this its nice to have without raising taxes or holding many fundraisers. Good Job OPRF.


Posted: May 31st, 2013 9:50 AM

Curious, I'm just flabergased at the constant negativity about anything any unit of local goverment does. Can we be joyous that we have these "units". What's your alternative? Oh, don't tell me........


Posted: May 31st, 2013 5:52 AM

wasn't the field closed most of last summer for grooming and repairs? how much did we spend on that with the impending replacement this year? oh and who should be fired? I vote for the athletic director, immediately.

Oak Park taxpayer from Oak Park  

Posted: May 30th, 2013 6:09 PM

How about a little $$ spent on grounds maintenance all around the HS. The parking garage planters r filled w/weeds, the ground around the sidewalks in some areas is so compact it's a tripping hazard and how about maintenance just picking up some garbage around the track? I've seen the same junk there for months...

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