Soccer Club Told It Can't Rent Lombard Park Fields
Byline: Marie Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
A newly formed soccer club in Lombard wants to play its home games this fall on park district fields, but a park policy against renting soccer fields to outside groups stands in the way.
While the club's founder says the park district is turning down rental money he's willing to pay, the park district says not enough game times are available to allow rentals.
"Our main priority and the priority in our policy is for us to utilize our facilities and fields for the house league soccer program -- our program," said Rick Poole, deputydirector of the Lombard Park District."When available, we would provide the fields to our affiliate group and schools. Rental groups fall down on this list."
The group looking to rent fields, Infinity Soccer Club, formed this summer with about 50 teenage girls whoused to play for Firebirds Soccer Club, the program affiliated with the park district.
As an affiliate program, the Firebirds are the second priority soccer field users, meaning the club can rent the park district's fields at times when they're not in use by park district soccer teams.
Under a policy established in 2007, Poole said, soccer field rental no longer is available to nonaffiliated organizations.
"We do not rent to other clubs because we just don't have a lot of soccer fields," said Jan Mills, park board president. "We have to rest the fields."
The parks system has six soccer fields large enough for the teenage Infinity athletes, including two irrigated fields at Sunset Knoll, Poole said. …