By Terry Dean
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.