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Published on Nov 22, 2008
Protect Our Parks (http://www.protectourparks.org) has been fighting the construction of an artificial turf soccer field in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park. The facility was the result of a secret sweetheart deal between the Park District and the wealthy, elite private Latin School. POP sued to expose and halt this privatization of public space and won - but the city decided to complete the illegally started project anyway. No required site or environmental studies were done because the site was selected solely to benefit the nearby Latin School. Among the studies NOT done where assessments on the safety and health hazards posed by the synthetic playing surface. This newsclip looks at some of the issues - but NOTE - it does NOT address the potential hazards of the rubber crumb which is the base material that anchors the synthetic blades.