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School’s neighbors oppose new soccer field

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Eleven years after the Dallas City Council rejected Ursuline Academy's plan to build a soccer field on its campus, supporters are back with a new plan.

Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic high school in North Dallas. It has about 800 students and 22 soccer championship titles. But there is no home field for the soccer team for practice or play on.

"The need is a lot greater now than it was back then," said Bill Dahlstrom, a lawyer and school board member. "They've had situations where a field has been taken away from them just before they were going to go out there and play."

Before a field can be built on 2.2 acres of land next to the school on Walnut Hill Lane it has to be rezoned by the city. It is currently zoned for residential development.

The proposed field would include seating for 50 spectators and eight 45-foot light poles on the north and south sides of the field.

That's the issue for many neighbors who opposed the field in 2001 and don't want it now.

They said they believe the lights will shine on their homes and the games will bring unwanted traffic to their neighborhood streets.

"Our architect doesn't feel as if there would be a significant amount of light pollution created by this facility," Dahlstrom said.

The lighting issue was the main reason the Dallas City Council rejected the plan 11 years ago, despite vocal support from prominent Ursuline parents like Roger Staubach.

The field would be entirely funded by the school.

The plan presented to the city's planning commission two weeks ago. The commission is expected to review it and make a recommendation to the city council. There will be public hearings before any vote.

If it passes, Ursuline hopes to have the field ready for games next year.

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