Letters of Support
Stadium will add to vibrant area -- Charlie Olson
I lived two blocks from Edgewood High School in Madison for 20 years and assisted my parents to live in the home for 46 years. I am intimately familiar with the Monroe-Dudgeon and Vilas Park areas, which have never been quiet, sleepy neighborhoods.

Among the benefits of living there, we heard the UW-Madison band practice daily, and we embraced the UW football Saturday chaos. It is all an innate part of the great experience of living in that area.

This busy, vibrant area grew exponentially in the last 40 years with so many new businesses, rental units and home renovations. I am confident the lights and sound of the Edgewood High School athletic field will have a positive effect on the school and community. Visitors to Edgewood in the evenings will discover the wonderful businesses of Monroe Street and return to explore all the area has to offer.

The lucrative sale of my parents’ home in one day reflects the desirability of the area. The addition of lights and sound to the Edgewood High School athletic field won't change that.

I believe this project will only complement the busy, vibrant area that I fondly remember, and I continue to enjoy to this day.

Charlie Olson, Madison

Edgewood and its neighbors should compromise -- Judd Schemmel (Letter to the Editor 1/1/19)

I’ve followed the debate about Edgewood High School’s athletic field in Madison. As a former president of Edgewood, I had the good fortune to work closely with the surrounding neighborhood associations.

Those living near Edgewood have a right to use and enjoy their properties. As a neighborhood fixture for over 100 years, Edgewood is entitled to this same consideration -- not more than its neighbors, but not less either.

The use and enjoyment for Edgewood, as a high school, is simply different from its neighbors. I trust leaders from all interested parties can craft a respectful compromise. To that end, use of the complex five nights per year, as suggested by a City Council member, is far from a respectful compromise.

Edgewood President Mike Elliott is a friend. His character is one of respect and fairness. While leadership of the neighborhoods is different from my tenure, it’s no less grounded in these same characteristics. Relationships ebb and flow. For Edgewood and its neighbors, their relationship has included building expansions, residence halls and altered traffic patterns.

People found common ground on this issues in the past. I don’t see why the same can’t be achieved now if people are genuinely interested in doing so.

Judd Schemmel, Madison

Tom Grogan: Edgewood's proposed stadium deserves support (Letter to the Editor CT 12/28/18)
Dear Editor: Driving past Edgewood High School, the assembly of red lawn signs was noted. It is unfortunate that some among those who live closest to Edgewood would be opposed to the stadium-enhancement effort.

Using this platform as an alternative to express support, I simply note that any efforts to enhance the campus environment is something that should be supported. The improvement in the field and the notion of expanded use of those facilities by the students who study there is very positive and encouraging.

Madison is a community that prides itself on the support provided to educational opportunity at all levels, and of all characters — public and private. The framework of the proposed use and the modesty of it speaks to the value Edgewood places on its central role as a part of the fabric of Madison. This is encouraging and deserves support.

Tom Grogan

Stadium is a molehill not a mountain -- Mary Powell (Letter to Editor 12/28/18)
I would like to respond to the Dec. 21 letter to the editor “Edgewood stadium issue not so simple.”

I have lived two blocks from Edgewood High School for 45 years, and I don’t have any problem with Edgewood’s proposed changes to their practice field.

The letter to the editor stated: “Edgewood’s campus is surrounded on three sides by homes.” That’s misleading. The practice field has Woodrow Street on the west, and the people who live across the street are the only ones directly affected by the stadium. On the north is Monroe Street, which provides much more light and noise than the stadium would produce. On the east is the very large high-school campus, and on the south is the Edgewood College campus and Lake Wingra.

The letter also noted that Camp Randall is on the UW-Madison campus. I grew up two blocks from Camp Randall, and it is in a residential neighborhood. We appreciated the excitement and activity football days offered. Badgers football games affect the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood much more than a high-school stadium would. We just learn to live with it.

Our neighborhood tends to make mountains out of molehills, and this is one example.

Mary Powell, Madison, Dudgeon-Monroe resident

Laurie Robertson: Edgewood neighbors' NIMBYism is shameful (Letter to the Editor CT 12/26/18)
Dear Editor: The NIMBYism of my neighbors is shameful. I too, live near Edgewood's proposed stadium, at the nexus of Vilas and Bay Creek neighborhoods and my kids have, and do, go to school in Monroe-Dudgeon.

Edgewood College has been here since the 1800s, long before any of us. If you didn’t want to live by Edgewood, West High (traffic congestion), Camp Randall (major noise, major traffic, drunk fans) Meriter and St. Mary’s Hospitals (ambulances, helicopters, shift-change traffic), then you should choose a different place to live. You live in a city. If you want no involvement with neighbors, some of whom are businesses and institutions, then maybe you should move?

It seems to me Edgewood is being quite reasonable in its attempts to make the stadium amenable. The neighbors, however, are not being neighborly. I’m embarrassed, quite frankly, just as I was when the “neighbors” drove a BBQ restaurant off Monroe Street, because, God forbid, it produced wood smoke when smoking its meat, and when they halted coffee roasting at the Barriques on Park because roasting coffee “smells.” Do they want the Henry Vilas Zoo to muffle the lion when he roars as well?

Laurie Robertson

Don't deny students Friday night joy -- John Tobie (Letter to the Editor 12/23/18)
Just for a moment, could those who are opposed to Edgewood High School's stadium please stop thinking only of themselves.

Remember back to your youth when a Friday night football game was something really special. Whether you were part of the team, part of the band, a cheerleader or just a student that took pride in your home team, the excitement during the day built as you made plans with your classmates. Now imagine the disappointment of not having a home field to call your own. You have to travel to a strange area to a field you don’t know. Your sports programs don’t have an identity.

When you purchased your home in the Edgewood neighborhood, you were fully aware of the hustle and bustle that goes along with being near two college institutions. More people and traffic also means more revenue for area businesses. All of this stuff can get way too complicated unless you just stop and remember the excitement of a Friday night.

John Tobie, Verona

Let the kids play under the lights at Edgewood High School - Wisconsin State Journal Editorial (12/19/18)
Edgewood High School has made a strong case for hosting a handful of football games at night on Madison’s Near West Side, with lights off by 10 p.m.

That shouldn’t be a burden for the surrounding neighborhood, given the school’s commitment to purchase modern lights and speakers that will minimize any impact beyond campus.

The school also wants to hold a couple of dozen soccer, lacrosse and track events in the early evening, with lights off by 8:30 p.m. Most of those games and meets are already occurring at Edgewood, but earlier in the day.

City of Madison officials should grant the school’s reasonable request.

The ability to hold limited home games in the evening wouldn’t just benefit Edgewood students, parents and fans. It would help many other school districts across the region simplify their sports schedules. All Badger Conference athletic directors have written letters of recommendation for Edgewood’s request.

For decades, Edgewood has played all of its “home” football games at fields away from campus. Booking those fields in Madison and Middleton is becoming harder to do because of higher demand. So the school wants to build an $850,000 to $1 million stadium around an existing field. The money will come entirely from gifts.

Some neighbors have objected. They say Edgewood is violating a master plan that was agreed to four years ago. But the plan allows for amendments. In fact, at the request of neighbors, Edgewood amended the plan once before to build additional parking. That helped deter students from parking on the streets in front of residents’ houses.

Some neighbors worry about heavier traffic. But Edgewood would play only five regular season football games and no more than three playoff football games per season. The school has plenty of parking on campus to accommodate far more than the average 500 fans who attend football games at other sites now. And the vast majority of athletic events draw 150 or fewer people.

Edgewood has promised not to hold any concerts at the site. Nor will it rent out the field in the evenings.

Some critics worry the project could negatively impact the Arboretum and Lake Wingra. But Arboretum officials say that’s not a concern.

Edgewood is a private school, which explains some of the resistance to its plan. Yet 57 percent of Edgewood’s nearly 500 students are from Madison, and nearly a quarter of those students live within Edgewood’s zip code.

A city alderman’s suggestion that Edgewood limit its use of stadium lights to just five nights per year is unnecessarily restrictive, given the lengths the school has gone to address public concerns. The city Plan Commission and City Council should allow a handful of football games at night plus other sporting events in the early evening.

Edgewood stadium deserves support -- Mark Landgraf (Letter to the Editor 12/19/18)
I am in support of Edgewood High School's proposal to use its athletic fields. This is typical of urban high schools and their communities across America. A majority of events will be over by 8:30 p.m., and the few football games by 10 p.m.

Let kids play.

With the exception of college, I have lived a majority of my life two blocks from Edgewood. I'm a proud Madison West High School graduate and received a wonderful student-athlete experience. Having no home field was not one of them.

My children have benefited from an excellent education as well. They attended Edgewood High School and received an excellent education and athletic experience, with one exception -- no home field. The professional design team and city staff involved with this project are exceptional. The plan includes onsite parking, and limits on traffic, noise and a minimum lighting. This has been explained thoroughly.

I experienced a time when neighbors worked together and helped each other make improvements in their community. Edgewood has always striven to be a good neighbor. Approving Edgewood's stadium proposal is something that will continue to serve the greater good of the community.

Mark Landgraf, Madison Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood resident

Neighbor Letter of Support from Lynn Aspinwall - Woodrow Street (12/17/18)
I am speaking as a neighbor, an alumni and the parent of an alum in total support of the Edgewood proposal to build the stadium and allow the students to enjoy the new facilities at THEIR school. I know that I am the minority amongst my neighbors who have strong opinions and have “strategized” together to express their opposition to this project. My family has lived on Woodrow Street since 1944 and they knew when they moved in that Edgewood was the center of our neighborhood. My grandfather and grandmother raised their 6 children who all attended Edgewood. My Dad can tell you the name of who lived in every one of your houses when he was growing up. We live in Madison with the pride of having a World renowned University just a few miles from our homes. The sounds coming for Camp Randall on football Saturdays in the fall brings excitement to our neighborhood, customers to our local businesses and Yes, A Lot of traffic and noise! Why should it be any different for the Edgewood campus that attracts students from all over our community, county and state?

I moved to Woodrow Street in 2000, when my grandmother asked me if I wanted to purchase her house when she was moving to assisted living. When we moved to Woodrow Street, the neighborhood was full of children the same age as my daughter, they played outside together, had sleep overs, ran through the backyards to soccer practice at Wingra park and made LOTS of noise. I loved the sound of them giggling, riding their bikes up and down the street, playing in the neighbor’s pool and jumping on the trampoline in our backyard. How much fun they would have all had together running over to watch sporting events at Edgewood??

In fifth grade, my daughter attended a middle school basketball game at Edgewood and came home afterwards and asked if she could go to Edgewood the following year. I hesitated, but we talked about it a lot and agreed that she would have so many more opportunity to play sports at Edgewood than she would at the school she was attending. She played soccer, softball, volleyball, Varsity Basketball and became the manager of the boys football team in high school. The girls had to haul all the equipment every Friday night out to Middleton High School and bring it all back to Edgewood after every game. They should have just been able to walk across the parking lot!

A few weeks ago my windows were open and I listened to the girls practicing for their Homecoming Powder Puff football game in the early mornings and it reminded me of the great memories I had our Senior year at Edgewood over 30 years ago. My neighbors think this will somehow impact their quality of life for the few years, that you may live on this street. Edgewood has been here for 137 years and l ask you to consider the thousands of kids that will be making memories at this school long after we are gone. Edgewood doesn’t rely on our property tax money to support them, they rely on the parents and alumni for their support to provide quality education and great opportunity’s to their students. What better way to attract new students than to showcase a great sports facility for years to come and support the great programs they provide to their students. At what cost to you? A little extra noise and lights on a Friday night?

As a single mother, I will be forever grateful to Edgewood for my daughter’s exceptional education that guided her to succeed at UW Madison, where she graduated in May and she has come full circle back home at Edgewood College to pursue her dream of a Nursing Degree in their one year accelerated program. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on behalf of this great school and I look forward to hearing the sound of laughter and excitement in our neighborhood again!
Lynn Aspinwall, Woodrow Street, Madison

Letter to Mayor Soglin from Jeff Parisi (12/17/18)

Good afternoon Mayor Soglin. I am writing you to ask you to support the proposed enhancements to the Edgewood High School athletic field. The Edgewood community has been an important part of the City of Madison since the opening of Edgewood High School on the shores of lake Wingra. As education has improved and evolved, we all understand the need to continue to invest in our facilities. In Dane County in just the last 5 to 10 years, there has been nearly $1 billion spent on public school facilities. The Edgewood community has supported these expenditures through their local communities, and through the property taxes they pay. As we travel to the area public schools, I am continually impressed with the size and the quality of the athletic fields, performing arts centers, and classroom buildings provided to our public system. I am and have been proud to support those initiatives. Now, we are asking for a small return of that support to allow Edgewood High School to provide the same quality of facility awarded to our public-school systems. Edgewood High school and its students need the ability to keep up with the quality of facilities that has been awarded to the public-school systems.

Thank you,
Jeff Parisi

Edgewood stadium deserves support - William and Rolliana Scheckler (Letter to the Editor 12/16/18)

Edgewood High School deserves and needs a home field for its teams. We have been residents of Vilas and Dudgeon-Monroe street neighborhoods since 1971, the latter for the last 10 years. Our four children attended Edgewood.

Here are some important points:

1. We have never been invited to participate in any survey on how neighbors feel about Edgewood's proposed new athletic building. So the statement that 75 percent of neighbors oppose the plan does not represent us.

2. Madison West High has about 2,000 students. Edgewood High School has fewer than 500, so attendance at sporting events would be much smaller.

3. New LED lighting and directional sound systems would mitigate any concerns neighbors might have. How about concerns about noise and light pollution from Camp Randall Stadium?

4. Lake Wingra is well behind the Edgewood buildings. The UW Arboretum is across the lake, so no problems with flora and fauna there.

We are very fortunate to have Edgewood schools in our neighborhood. We should support their plans for a stadium.
William and Rolliana Scheckler, Madison


Letter of Support to Alder Arntsen from Elizabeth Aspinwall - 12/16/18

Dear Alder Arntsen,
I am a neighbor and have lived on Woodrow Street since I was 4 years old. I went to Edgewood Middle School; I’m an Edgewood High School alumni, graduate of UW Madison and currently living back at home while attending Edgewood College as a Nursing Student in the post-bachelorette program. I am in full support of the Edgewood Stadium project and their pursuit to hold football, soccer, and many other events at their beautiful new stadium. In high school, part of the excitement of “game day” and playing sports is having all your friends and family coming out to cheer you on. This is just one of the benefits of allowing Edgewood students the opportunity to play at their home field.

Growing up in the Dungeon- Monroe neighborhood allowed for so many fun adventures to Wingra Park, Vilas Zoo and fun times on the Edgewood campus. When I was young going up to see the big high school kids play basketball inspired me to pursue the sport in high school and I’m sure games on this field will do the same for other young children. I believe night games would attract more exciting energy into the community and will bring more children into the already bustling neighborhood.

Thank you for your long consideration and working along with the neighborhood and Edgewood during the process. Truly it comes down to unwanted change, but why would we not promote kids to start enjoying their own home field and bring excitement back into their education and sports. I would like you to consider not putting a five game limitation on your decision and allowing Edgewood to play night games as needed up to the amount they initially requested.

Best regards,
Elizabeth Aspinwall

East Side would welcome Edgewood stadium - Joe McNeil (Letter to the Editor 12/16/18)

A tale of two cities?

The reaction to athletic field lights proposed for Edgewood High School is a fascinating study of contrasts between the East and West sides of Madison.

In the 1990s, Oscar Mayer granted East Madison Little League rights to develop ball fields across from their (now former) headquarters and abutting the Eken Park neighborhood.

Over time, the little league worked to obtain approval of lights on four fields. From April to October, practices and games are played several times per week, over 100 nights a year -- right in the backyards of 20 Eken Park homes.

Whereas the East Side neighborhoods welcomed an increase in traffic, lights and crowd noise, the West Side Dungeon-Monroe neighborhood stands opposed to a handful of night games at Edgewood.

Many are suggesting noise and lights will impact the waterfowl and aquatic life of Lake Wingra half a mile away. If that’s true, we’ve all enjoyed our last concert on the UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace.

I have hope that the Dungeon-Monroe neighborhood can embrace the Goodman Athletic Complex at Edgewood and look forward to the day when we are one city, not two.

Light it up and let them play.
Joe McNeil, Madison


Letter of Support to Mayor Soglin from Madeleine Corcoran (12/14/18)

Dear Mayor Soglin,
My name is Madeleine Corcoran and I am an Class of 2015 alumnae of Edgewood High School. As a third generation Crusader, I feel compelled to express my strong support for Edgewood High School’s athletic field plan for future generations. I believe the student athletes of Edgewood High School have earned the right to play home game at home. (Added for our alder: Edgewood serves many students throughout Madison and beyond including many students from our area. My brother currently attends Edgewood, he and his 4 best friends are from our neighborhood and all play football. The Wisconsin State Journal wrote an article about their special camaraderie here: https://madison.com/wsj/sports/high-school/football/prep-football-preview-winds-of-change-arrive-at-madison-edgewood/article_87c1a55d-a5b8-5ef2-bb5b-cb4e3ff82ef1.html.)

I am proud to have attended a high school with such strong community and tradition, however always felt the inability to play our home games on our home field was a great disappointment. As a student-athlete, I had great pride in our sports programs and always tried to support my classmates and fellow athletes, but unfortunately I often had to miss or attend events late due traveling to the game after my own practices. Ultimately, this disconnect did not help our community support each other. Since I was a young girl, I have heard the dreams of Edgewood alumni to some day see their children or grandchildren play their home games on their home field. After years of renting fields across Dane County, the Edgewood community is requesting permission to host home games at the Goodman Field, which sits on their Monroe Street property. I’ve reviewed their proposal and fully support it.

Thank you for taking time to read this email and consider the thoughts of the Edgewood community when making this decision. Wishing you a happy holiday season!

All the best,
Madeleine Corcoran

Edward Fink Letter of Support (12/15/18)
I support the changes requested by Edgewood High School as it pertains to their athletic field. Some of the neighbors object, but they choose to live in an area that, broadly, is home to a thriving commercial district, the University of Wisconsin, a zoo, three Edgewood schools and another private school.

A recent opinion printed on this page expressed concern for "wildlife" in the lake area and the arboretum. Apparently, animals are surviving in the arboretum despite butting up against the noisy beltline and urban density as represented by area housing. The neighborhood is hardly the north woods. Let's give credit to the Dominicans who established Edgewood, and those that have preserved and enhanced the beauty of its campus.

It might also be suggested neighbors enjoy the opportunity to look at the plus side of what schools offer. Go to the games; enjoy the plays and the concerts schools regularly provide; and consider volunteering! The entire Edgewood operation has been, and continues to be, the best neighbor one could have.
Edward Fink, Madison

Angie Rieger Letter of Support (12/12/18)

As a parent of an Edgewood student athlete, the debate over the Goodman Field is incredibly painful. Painful because the true victims in this debate are the students. Why? you might ask - they still get to play their respective sports, they just have to do it somewhere else. In the end, all the kids are asking to do is participate in athletics and have a ‘home’ to do it. This debate is largely telling them, “You are not welcome here.” We live in a world where there are so many issues that are truly heart-breaking and reaching crisis level and could ultimately be solved by building and creating communities - communities of parents, communities of adults who want to protect kids, communities of students who want to make good decisions. This debate essentially says to these kids, “We support you being a community of student athletes as long as it is somewhere else – not here.” Tough message to explain as a parent when we are trying to teach our children to be accepting and tolerant. Tough message to explain as parent as we try to teach our children to make decisions that are informed, balanced and fact-based.
Angie Rieger

Matthew Richards Letter of Support (12/12/18)
I couldn’t let the Edgewood High School Athletic Stadium Upgrades debate rage on without tossing in my two cents.

You’ve heard all the arguments. PRO -- Games will be done early, we can control the light and noise, it will be nothing compared to Badger games. CON -- Traffic will be a nuisance, quiet enjoyment of my home will be disrupted, parking, trash, teenagers.

I believe I may be the first person to weigh in on this issue who doesn’t have a dog in the fight as a Middleton resident whose kids attend public schools. Selfishly, I’d kind of like for Crusaders Football to stay put -- certainly Otto Breitenbach Stadium wouldn’t be what it is today without the generous support of EHS. Great Neighbors Indeed!

However, the Madison part of me, the one that works near Edgewood, grew up on West Lawn Avenue, saved my allowance all year for rides and cake walks at Edgefest, the one who attended Edgewood in the mid-eighties, hopes the kids will be able to play at home.

The devil is lost in the details, the bigger question revolves around our community. We are blessed with a dynamic Big Ten University, fabulous hospitals, awesome lakes, a vibrant Monroe Street and neighborhoods supportive of youth growth and opportunities.

Edgewood is the heart and soul of Dudgeon-Monroe and Vilas neighborhoods. Please let there be athletics on Monroe Street!
Matthew S. Richards

Bob McChesney and Inger Stole Letter to Neighbors (11/17/18)
Dear neighbors on West Lawn Avenue and in the general neighborhood,

We, Bob McChesney and Inger Stole, signed the letter going around opposing the proposed expansion of the athletic facilities at Edgewood High School. We did so because we shared the concerns of many of you about this project harming the quality of life in our neighborhood.

After hearing the arguments for the facility and reading the report Edgewood submitted to the city of Madison, we have changed our minds. We no longer want our names on any document opposing the proposed Edgewood stadium project.

Why did we change our minds? What we love about this neighborhood is that it is not a quiet leafy suburban enclave, like Nakoma or Shorewood Hills, but, to the contrary, it is very much a semi-urban residential neighborhood, pretty much in what is considered the heart of the city. We can walk to all sorts of amenities, like in a city, but because of that we sacrifice some of the peace and quiet (and driving!) that one gets in a more out-of-the-way neighborhood. That is the price we necessarily pay, and we are all used to paying. In our mind it is a small price to pay to live in this unique area.

Edgewood is not a commercial undertaking run by some out-of-town hustlers. It is a pillar of the near west side and a good neighbor. If this expansion helps Edgewood be a more effective school, that is a good thing. The cost to the community seems like a small one to pay, and one that comes with living in a city.
Bob & Inger

Stadiums will be good for young folks - Letter to the Editor by Julie Schmitt (12/10/18)
How do you want kids spending their time? On their electronics and phones, playing violent video games, juuling, doing drugs?

I believe most people do not want that. Let's encourage kids and adults to be out enjoying sporting events in their local community. We all know keeping kids busy is the best way to keep them out of trouble. We also want to invest in the future of kids around us.

I used to live by Memorial High School. I enjoyed hearing the excitement and listening to people being out and enjoying a game, track meet or whatever other event may have been going on. Their lights and noise were much more significant than what the Edgewood High School stadium proposal would be.

Our future depends on the next generations. Let's keep the kids busy, reduce their exposure to harmful activities, and encourage them to be out enjoying sporting events.

I support the Edgewood stadium and encourage you to do so as well.

Edgewood is a proud member of the community and a great neighbor. I would love to have a neighbor like Edgewood High School.
Julie Schmitt, Verona

School neighbors should expect sports - Letter to the Editor by Jerry Darda (12/7/18)
The Edgewood buildings are on a beautiful campus and managed by great neighbors. I purchase a property two blocks from the Edgewood campus in 1977, expecting normal healthy student activity, including athletic events. So I fully support Edgewood's plan for lights and nighttime athletics.

Complaints by opponents parallel complaints of noise by those who buy homes near the airport and railroad crossings and expect no airplanes or trains. When UW-Madison's success in volleyball resulted in dramatically more attendance for night games at the Field House, no one opposed the higher need for parking in the neighborhood.

Now a number of letters to the editor in opposition to Edgewood's plan seem insincere and illogical, the most recent comparing the activity of high school football to "urban chaos" and the "filling of wetlands."

It seems that most of those in opposition aren't really concerned about a little more noise from a positive educational experience for students. They are really in opposition to private andreligious education. They should remember that this school is saving them property tax dollars by educating a significant number of students at the expense of the students' families.

Let the kids play ball at night.
Jerry Darda, Madison


Be more neighborly to Edgewood High - Letter to the Editor by Karie Krantz (12/6/18)
I live in the Vilas neighborhood and support the proposed enhancements to the Edgewood High School field. In fact, my family moved into this neighborhood because of its proximity to Edgewood and all the other great things it offers: Monroe Street, Lake Wingra, the zoo, the Arboretum, Camp Randall and the bike path.

We embrace that living in the city comes with extra noise, traffic and occasional inconveniences -- it is the city after all. There are plenty of places around Madison to live with more space and quiet.

Come on, neighbors. Why can’t we be just that -- neighbors -- to Edgewood High School? Let’s set a good example for all Madison area high schoolers and show them what a community looks like, the importance of give and take, and why this neighborhood is one of the best around.

Our country is divisive enough -- we should all be focusing on more important issues.

Edgewood has gone above and beyond the requirements of the city amendment process and has done its best to address neighbor concerns. It is time for the city to do what is right and let these kids play on their home field with pride.
Karie Krantz, Madison

I Support Edgewood - by Jane Clark (12/4/18)
I support Edgewood’s efforts to improve its all-purpose sports field for limited night games. I am a mother of 3 sons, 2 of whom are current EHS student-athletes and 1 who is excited to join them. I share his excitement because we see the tremendous good that comes from sports: physical growth, commitment, friendships, confidence, and life lessons.

Our sons have used the EHS field for football, track, powder puff football, flag football, and general play. We see other local teams enjoying the field as well: Madison 56ers, track teams, and the co-op boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams combining athletes from 4 area middle and high schools. Last week, I saw 2 Dudgeon-Monroe families walking to the field with their children, arms full of footballs, baseballs, and gloves, with bikes for the little ones to circle the track.

This varied use and enjoyment by the community is precisely what the Goodmans envisioned when they donated the seed money. Now is time to complete the project by adding sound and lights, allowing more in the community to benefit from this gift. This field has provided for the greater good and should expand its ability to do so through limited night use.
Jane Clark, Madison


Edgewood students deserve home games - Letter to the Editor by Karisa Trudgeon (11/30/18)
I support Edgewood High School using its sports field for limited night games.

Edgewood has compromised on playing home night games for nearly 100 years. They have paid to rent other facilities, forgone all home-field advantages and driven and bused students all over Dane County.

As a parent of two Edgewood student athletes, it is a safety concern to have teenagers driving teammates to and from games and practices all over town because they can’t play at their school. Given the new lighting and sound innovations, the school finally has an opportunity to allow night games with minimal impact to the neighbors.

I know the neighbors are good people who want what is best for their neighborhood, just as the students, parents and faculty of Edgewood are good people who want to make sure their school continues to thrive and make a positive impact on our community. I am asking everyone to consider the students.

Nearly 95 percent of these students go on to college and hopefully will return and become leaders of our city. These students perform more than 26,000 service hours each year. They have earned a chance to play on their home field.
Karisa Trudgeon, Madison

Letter from Madison 56ers Soccer Club (11/28/18)
To whom it may concern

As Director of the Madison 56ers Soccer Club I would like to submit this letter of support for the proposed upgrades to the Edgewood High School Sports Complex. Madison 56ers SC have over 750 soccer players ranging from the ages of 8 years old to High School seniors. We consider ourselves the premier soccer youth program in the Madison area regularly host Clubs and teams from all over the state of WI and the Midwest for League competition. We have been extremely fortunate, over the past two years to be able to rent the Edgewood High School facility to host these League competitions. As we travel throughout the region and the country we recognize how important this facility is to our club and our community.

With over 650 families in the 56er Soccer Club, many of our members live in the community immediately surrounding the Edgewood High School campus, being able to host games at Edgewood High School makes our players and families feel that games there give them a home field edge. Players from our club will ride their bikes or walk over to the field for games. The Madison 56ers also boasts many athletes, past and present, that attend or have attended Madison Edgewood High School and we are proud of the academic and athletic excellence shown by these students as they move through our program and obtain College Scholarship recognition along the way. Being able to host events also brings many prospective High School students to the campus each spring and fall to enjoy the athletic advantages the facility has to offer.

In my role as Coaching Director I’m constantly looking for quality facilities to host games and competition, I feel we, as a community Soccer Club we are very lucky to have Edgewood High School Athletic Complex in our community and fully support the upgrades proposed to the Athletic field.

Yours,
Tony Wright, Director of Coaching, Madison 56ers Soccer Club

Molly Plester: Neighbors should accept Edgewood stadium upgrades (Letter to the Editor CT 11/27/18)
Dear Editor: I have no sympathy or patience for the neighbors objecting to Edgewood’s proposed stadium upgrades. These residents have chosen to live by a school and must accept that some reasonable noise and disruption are allowed. (What’s more, I find it hard to believe living on the commuter corridor of Monroe Street is any less disruptive than the occasional athletic event.)

We all need to be good neighbors, and Edgewood’s success is the neighborhood’s success. Edgewood seems to be doing all they can to make compromises while still attempting to best serve their students. I suggest the offended neighbors draw the blinds and keep their grumpy attitudes indoors on game days.

Molly Plester

Edgewood activity is part of neighborhood -- Karen Natoli (Letter to the Editor 11/4/18)
The Monroe street neighborhood is a mix of residential, retail, restaurants, bars, two schools, a zoo and parks all anchored by Camp Randall Stadium.

Spend time in this neighborhood and you hear music from restaurants and bars, people chatting outside of Collectivo Coffee and Michael's Frozen Custard, and the roar of the crowd from Badgers fans at the game. This is not a quiet neighborhood in the country.

When you move into a neighborhood that has mixed-use zoning, then you can expect to hear this type of activity. If you live near a school, you expect to hear the sounds that go with it: students talking, the band practicing and the sounds of athletic games.

Edgewood High School will use state-of-the-art lighting designed to keep the light from straying far from the field, and audio designed to keep the noise to a minimum.

I doubt that athletic games at Edgewood at a decibel level of 67 to 100 (exceeding the 67 dB mentioned in a recent column by Andrea Kaminski) would be very disruptive. Yale University has a chart that compares decibel levels with common sources. Normal conversation is 60 to 70 decibels, and a lawnmower is 107.

Karen Natoli, Middleton