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Opposition to light and artificial turf at GWest

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I am opposed to the plan to install lights and artificial turf at Duchon Field and Memorial Field (soccer and softball field across Crescent Blvd) for the following reasons: 1. The constant use of these fields will create substantial problems related to traffic congestion, parking and safety. Navigating Park Street, Hawthorne Ave, Ellyn Ave, Crescent Blvd, and adjoining streets is treacherous during school events. The left hand turn from Ellyn Ave onto Crescent is particularly dangerous for both driver and pedestrian. Installing lights and astroturf would increase the use of the 2 fields by 10-20x their current use. To understand the mindset, I quote one of the Gain Ground members: "I drive by that High School (GW) every day and there'd be nothing to make me happier than to see kids playing out there at all times" (emphasis my own). The streets and parking in and around GW are simply not designed to handle the increased activity and traffic envisioned by GG and the administration. 2. The plan will damage the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood. The plan distributed by GG shows the removal of the trees lining Crescent Blvd. A substantial amount of green space obviously will be sacrificed. A new sound system is included in the plan reminding us of the noise impact this will have on the neighborhood. The litter problem around the school will be exacerbated. 3. The plan is costly and ultimately the taxpayers responsibility. Depending on which option is pursued, the price tag estimate is between $4.5 million and $9.2 million (GG figures). District 87 argues the cost is within their 5 year budget, however it is important for residents to know D87 is projecting 3-7% ANNUAL revenue increases over the next 5 years to cover this and other areas of spending growth. All this in an economy where we have seen significant declines in our property values and savings portfolios. I am opposed to this plan. My feeling is that many of my fellow residents are also opposed to this plan. I would invite you to sign this ONLINE PETITION. Thank you! Sincerely, Fellow District 87 resident

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