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New $4.3 Million Whitney Young Athletic Field Under Construction Next To Skinner Park

“This is not just for Whitney Young, it’s for the entire community," Principal Joyce Kenner said.

Whitney Young Magnet High School's new athletic field is expected to be completed in December, school officials said.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Construction has begun on a $4.3 million athletic field for Whitney Young Magnet High School next to Skinner Park, school officials said.

The project, expected to be completed later this year, will convert the current space on the CPS selective-enrollment school’s campus at 211 S. Laflin St. into a multi-purpose field that can host baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse.

When completed, the project will also include a training area for track and field events, scoreboards, batting cages and seating for fans, according to Chicago Public Schools.

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Whitney Young Magnet High School new field will be completed in December. 

The field construction is being funded through tax-increment financing (TIF) dollars.

Principal Dr. Joyce Kenner said the athletics fields were six years in the making.

“We are exited to receive the money for the new field,” Kenner said. “This is not just for Whitney Young, it’s for the entire community.”

Installation of construction fencing and excavation began earlier this summer. The fields, expected to be completed in December, will be open for use by spring 2019, Kenner said. 

The new track will be open to the public, she said. 

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Construction is expected to be completed on Whitney Young’s new athletic field in December. 

The athletic field is next to the 7.32-acre Skinner Park. Skinner Park Advisory Council President May Toy said the lack of community input during the planning process for the Whitney Young fields concerned her.

Toy said the days and times when neighbors will be able to use the TIF-funded fields has not been discussed with the community. 

Kenner said Whitney Young officials would address Toy’s concerns regarding access once the field is completed.

“The community will have access, Kenner said. 

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The multi-purpose field will be able to host baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse games.