Some people living next to the new sports fields going up in Roscoe Township are not happy with the plans. They are worried about the traffic and parking. Right now, the only access points to the baseball diamonds, soccer fields and football field off Hononegah Road are through a small subdivision.
"The biggest fear is they are building a large sports complex on land-locked property in an old existing subdivision without taking into consideration the homeowners and the traffic," says Jackie Russell.
Russell and Sally Wallace live in the subdivision off Hononegah Road near the incoming sports fields.
"We have a petition that we have circulated around that asks the township to come up with an alternate entrance into the park to make it self contained and also to close off these feeder streets so that people cannot enter the park from that area to try to eliminate the parking on the streets," says Wallace.
She says she realized there is not enough parking planned to support the Lions junior tackle football players and cheerleaders which totaled 345 children last year. That does not include the additional parents who would come in for things like soccer games or baseball practice.
Roscoe Township Supervisor Renee McNitt says the township worked with the sports teams to determine how much parking they would need and they have the option to add more later. She says they also talked with the teams about not parking in the neighborhood.
Wallace says even if they follow those rules, her subdivision will still have to deal with hundreds if not thousands of cars a week coming in to drop off and pick up kids from practice.
"We realize it is going to be an asset to our community. But before somebody, even a child gets hurt in our neighborhood with all the traffic that is going to come in, let's think this through carefully," says Wallace.
McNitt says the township wanted to put in an entrance to the sports fields straight from Hononegah Road, but since it does not own the property it could not get access. McNitt says only the first phase, which is just walking paths, will be done at the end of this year and changes still could be made before the sports fields open in 2014.
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