The Story Begins

Arial_viewIn the Fall of 2007 a group of Lincoln Park Neighbors came together to fight the privatization of Lincoln Park.

We had learned that the Chicago Park District has signed a secret deal with the Latin School of Chicago to build an artificial turf soccer field in the heart of Lincoln Park just south of the zoo. The Latin School would front the cost of the construction in lieu of paying annual park usage fees and, in return, they would get almost exclusive use of the facility for most of the year. In addition, they would get the right to put up a score board, lay down donor-ID paving stones and erect signage.

The only times the general public would have unrestricted access tot he field would be during the winter!

The only times the general public would have unrestricted access tot he field would be during the winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the clause in the contract that permitted sponsorships and other monetization of the site.

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