The Track & Field Project
Bringing track and field back to campus, renovating softball and baseball fields,
and increasing cooperation with the Park District.
For several decades, Oak Park and River Forest High School has not had an outdoor track on campus. The track and field team – the largest and most diverse extracurricular activity – has been bussed to the Concordia University track in River Forest for daily practice. The Imagine Group identified this problem, but could not find an on-campus solution.
When Concordia announced that it would end its contract with OPRF after the 2023 season, District 200 (D200) cooperated with the Park District of Oak Park to devise an innovative field-sharing plan that would bring track back to campus. When the project is complete, OPRF will be able to host home meets and train right next to the school.
Spring 2023 – Winter 2024
D200 will fund construction cash reserves, though donors are welcome to support this work with gifts to the OPRFHS Imagine Foundation
New 400-meter outdoor track between the stadium and the tennis courts
New facilities for all field events (long jump, shotput, etc.) between the stadium and the tennis courts
OPRF’s baseball facilities will be relocated to a renovated South Field that will accommodate multiple sports and physical education classes
OPRF’s softball program will move to a renovated Ridgeland Commons, where physical education classes are already held
All facilities will be used by Physical Education classes during the school day
The Track & Field Project is made possible through extensive cooperation between OPRF and the Park District to share facilities.
Sequencing: Timing of the Track & Field Project was determined by the loss of access to Concordia University’s track. It will be constructed between Projects 1 and 2.