The public is invited to the April 9 grand opening of the all-weather sports fields at Oak Park’s two public middle schools. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. at Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., and 10:30 a.m. at Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.
Both fields use ground tennis shoe soles as the infill, which has been identified as a more environmentally friendly option.
The projects were a community collaboration funded by a partnership of the Park District of Oak Park, Elementary School District 97, Good Heart Work Smart Foundation, American Youth Soccer Organization, Chicago Edge Soccer and Oak Park Youth Baseball/Softball Association.
The fields will be used by students on school days during school hours and will be scheduled for use by various sports affiliates on certain days and times. However, they are open to the public when they are not scheduled for programmed activities.
For more information, visit www.pdop.org.