Monday, December 13, 2010


Marshall High School athletes & coaches surround Mayor Daley, Alderman Smith, and Senator Hendon as their new $10 million campus park is dedicated.

The new $10 million campus park adjoining John Marshall Metro High School at 3250 West Adams Street, was recently dedicated by Mayor Richard M. Daley, Alderman Ed Smith, and Senator Rickey Hendon. It includes a combination soccer and football field, a softball diamond, a running track, a landscaped garden with benches, and visitor parking.
    Marshall students like the new campus park because it permits their athletic teams to practice at the school instead of traveling to Garfield Park. The campus park project was a center of controversy during its construction, with West Side activists and community organizations staging protests over failure of the general contractor to select local minority subcontractors or hire workers from the community.
    However, the City says local businesses performed more than 31% of the work on the project – well over the 25% required by the contract. In addition, 64% of the skilled trade journeymen on the project were minorities, as were all of the apprentices and laborers. Over 12% of the total labor hours went to community hires – far exceeding the 7.5% required by the contract.

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