OPRF approves remake of athletic fields on campus

Last week the Oak Park and River Forest High School board unanimously approved spending a little more than $17.3 million to construct a new 8 lane, 400 meter track and new fields on the school’s campus among various other athletic improvements. The board approved bids totaling $17,335,486 which is down slightly from a previous estimate of $17.6 million. OPRF will use reserve funds to pay for the project.

The cost reduction came from a reworking of architect’s fees after District 200 board member Fred Arkin complained at the Nov. 3 Committee of the Whole Meeting about the rising costs of the project which was initially estimated to cost around $12 million.

“I almost feel we’re getting juiced on a juice loan because every time I come back the price is going up,” a frustrated Arkin said on Nov. 3.

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