Central Fields Community Feedback

Central High School North Fields Community Feedback
Posted on 12/06/2020

Champaign Unit 4 Schools welcomes your feedback on the Central High School North Fields project, the new home to Maroons band, soccer and softball. Provide your feedback by completing the ONLINE SURVEY by Dec. 13. Community input will be included in design considerations. 


FEEDBACK SURVEY: https://bit.ly/CentralNorthFieldsFeedback


In November 2016, the community voted in favor of a major referendum to improve and replace aging facilities throughout the school district, including Central High School. The District heard from the community during two design meetings in April and October of 2018. After years of planning and anticipation, the first new addition in 20 years opened at Central High School this fall.  Park Avenue has been closed to transform the campus into a much larger contiguous parcel.  Sports teams can now practice in Central's new gymnasium.  Interior renovations are underway throughout.  An old building from the 1950s has been torn down and a new academic wing is rising in its place, including new science labs, a large performing arts center, and cutting-edge technical education facilities.

Planning efforts are now pivoting to what we call the North Fields project.  The district has acquired several properties across Church Street to the north of the school.  Champaign's city council approved a Planned Development (PD) for the site, including general site layout and basic design requirements.  Demolition and site preparation are well underway, and Lynn Street will soon be closed between Church and Hill Streets as shown in the PD, creating over four acres of contiguous green space.  The programming and schematic design phases are complete, and we are asking the for your feedback as we continue to develop and execute the design.


The North Fields project has four parts: a combined marching band and soccer field, a softball field, a concessions building, and a pedestrian walkway.

The band and soccer field will occupy the eastern side of the site, diagonally opposite West Side Park and on the parcel of the former YMCA.  On the north, east, and west sides of the field, a decorative fence will sit atop a short concrete retaining wall to achieve a level playing surface, similar to the existing concrete walls in the parkway.  The Central girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will practice and compete on high performance synthetic turf.  Netting backstops will be installed behind the goals.

In addition to sporting soccer lines, the field will be striped with football lines for use by Central's award-winning Marching Maroons band.  There will be a directing platform or press box, and bleacher seating for spectators.

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