Spring Rock Turf Field: Terrific or Terrible?

A new referendum has proposed Spring Rock Park house astroturf athletic field. Our sports columnist is definitely behind the proposal.

Imagine this: your property tax raising nearly $300 over the next ten years, or more.

Got your attention, didn’t I?

And sure, that may not sound like a lot of money to some, but $300 isn't some trivial amount of money, either. (Ed. note: this assumes a home value of $500,000.)

Question is, why am I mentioning a potential tax increase? Here’s the deal.

Last week, a , open to the general public, was held to discuss the impending construction of a in the southwest corner of Spring Rock Park. It saw both supporters and opponents of the proposal.

The field would undeniably benefit all facets of sporting in Western Springs, providing a larger, more forgiving location for soccer, football, lacrosse and even baseball around town.

While the Township of Lyons is behind the proposal, it will issue a grant of just over $500,000, roughly, to aid the project. The completion of the endeavor would cost nearly double the Township’s offering.

And since you have likely put two and two together, you can see that the remaining money would be on course to come out of village residents’ pockets in the amount of about $30 extra per year, for ten years. The revenue would have to stem from taxes, seeing as the W.S. Recreation Department doesn’t possess sufficient funds to carry out such a gargantuan plan.

Now, the scheduled meeting to discuss the idea was purposely made public. It’s up to Western Springs property owners to attend and voice their opinions.

Fairly and at least somewhat unselfishly. Not just “I don’t want to pay $30 extra per year just because.” If people legitimately disagree with the proposed solution to the turf field payment predicament or are financially pressed, that’s no problem at all.

But honestly, despite $300 being more than just a few bucks, it’s a) over ten years and b) worth it. The incorporation of something like this would change a lot.

If approved, the field would open doors Western Spring-ers haven’t even considered yet. Kids wouldn’t have to head to the park, only to be turned back by inclement field conditions or an overcrowded playing space. Furthermore, it would draw moderately inactive kids to horse around on a brand new creation that would surely be a sight to see by itself.

I get that I’m not a taxpayer. But I get the idea. And honestly, a mere $30 a year to support local youth sporting (and adult sporting, for that matter) is completely worthwhile.

You know my vote; what will yours be?

Jeff Wingert March 24, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Professional athletes choose their profession and are paid millions of dollars to perform in these conditions. They acknowledge the damage these surface do to them, so in a way they put a value on their well being. I’m not sure as a parent how we could be expected to do that with our children’s well being, so it is clearly apples and oranges and is unfair of me to mention. And I belief if we keep putting them on these fields with more and more frequency, some careers will end unnecessarily before they can start. I agree that whatever the outcome kids will still enjoy the park as they have for generations. I just don’t know that they will do so as safely. And I don’t know that proper due diligence is being done.
Darren Greving March 25, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Jeff, I understand that you are not attacking anyone just as I am not. I do appreciate the effort of all that care enough to discuss the issues. I also believe that you can find arguements to support any argument you wish to have, especially with the internet. I think that the board has thought about this for along time and the voters will decide if the time has come to have the field or not.
C Throckmorton March 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM
If it weren't for patch, I wouldn't have known about this field at all, so thanks Darren. Fingers crossed, there are enough residents like me (with children who use fields at Spring Rock) who now also know.
Paulette Delcourt March 25, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Jeff I wouldn't worry about the maintenance. Maybe we can get little plastic goats to keep the turf "in-check".
Darren McRoy March 25, 2011 at 06:33 PM
And thank you, Claudia! Whichever way the Village votes, I think the best success will be if it's an informed decision.


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