Hamilton Greening Project moving forward; $150K project funded by parents

A $150,000 project that will create an athletic field at Hamilton School is moving forward according to reports to the school Local School Council last week.

The Hamilton Sports Park, which will be built in two phases, is expected to be started with parent generated funds later this school year, the LSC heard. A community teaching garden was completed in July.

The teaching garden includes a dry creek bed and mature plants and trees. It is a hit with classes Principal James Gray said.

The next phase of the project will remove the blacktop pavement near the school. Replacing it will be an artificial grass athletic field.

Efforts by the Hamilton Action Team raised the $100,000 needed for the next phase of construction. An additional $50,000 will be needed to extend and expand the athletic field in 2013.

Hamilton school parents raised $100K towards a second phase of an athletic field, the LSC heard. Credit: Hamilton School website

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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