Schurz Field Work Slated to Begin September 7
After years of hard work and planning, I am pleased to announce that Chicago Public Schools next week will begin work on a new, $2.7 million athletic field for Schurz High School.
On Sept. 7, workers will install construction fencing. Site excavation for drainage is scheduled to start Sept. 10. Work on the field and on Waveland, which will be narrowed once construction is finished, will take two to three months. During construction, Waveland will be temporarily closed from Milwaukee to Lowell, but it will reopen to one-way traffic after work is finished.
We have worked with Schurz High School, Friends of Schurz, adjacent neighbors, CPS, and other community members to retool the proposal for a new regulation-sized soccer field in what is now the muddy lot northwest of the school. These discussions are already giving many students a renewed sense of pride in their school.
I remain committed to keeping Waveland open to vehicular traffic. However, to accommodate the field and allow Schurz to play IHSA-regulation home games for the first time in its history, Waveland will be narrowed by a few feet, and Waveland will need to be one way heading from Milwaukee into the community.
In addition to the soccer field, the work includes a softball field, water fountain, and a running track. Those amenities will be open to the community during non-school use. No buildings are planned and lighting is engineered to prevent spillover from the field.
The scope of the project leaves a section on the east side that is not needed for the sports fields. This gives the community options to consider. Possible uses include an outdoor fitness trail, dog park, or outdoor classroom space. All would include natural landscaping. We’d love to hear your thoughts on those options during an open house in the Schurz Library Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 pm.
With its STEM Grow Food Science Lab, International Baccalaureate program, Junior ROTC program, AVID college readiness program, Honors program, Career and Technical Education programs, and a growing athletic department, Schurz has made great strides.
This asset is another step toward supporting our students and giving the community a sense of pride in their neighborhood public school. It’s another step on the path toward making Schurz one of the best neighborhood high schools in the city.
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