Artist's conception of the Chicago Fire mini soccer field

Hoyne Park a Favorite for New Soccer Pitch

Published April 6, 2016

Hoyne Park is a favored location for a new mini soccer field, according to Mac-Z Zurawski, Media and Policy Liaison for 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. The park, at 3401 S. Hamilton Ave. in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago, may receive one of four new Chicago Fire-branded mini soccer fields, all of which are fully funded and slated for sites in the 12th Ward.

New soccer fields have already been confirmed for John Spry Community School in the Marshall Square neighborhood and for Davis Elementary School in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The alderman's office is working with City of Chicago officials, the Chicago Park District and local leaders and park councils to finalize locations of the two remaining sites. In addition to a possible location at Hoyne Park, a new soccer pitch will be built at an additional school in the 12th Ward.

"These fields will provide a positive alternative to street crime," said Alderman Cardenas, noting that this is part of a modernization effort to update schools, parks and recreation centers throughout the 12th Ward. "It's my intention to make the 12th Ward a safe haven for children through actively participating in sports, recreation and culture," he said.

Decisions of the two pending field locations will become available once negotiations and planning have been finalized, Zurawski said.

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