City Council members appear favorable to allowing 13 acres of Montague Park to be used for multi-use fields under the CFC soccer group - despite opposition from some involved with the adjacent Sculpture Fields.
Councilwoman Carol Berz said, "I think it's great for art and life to be together. I may get some letters, but I don't care."
Chairman Chip Henderson spoke about a possible buffer between the two. Councilwoman Berz said, "Don't separate it too much."
Officials said there is already a 20-foot berm separating the two uses.
A multi-use path is planned on the 13 acres, including a section that would lead over to the Sculpture Gardens, which occupies 32 acres.
Vice Chairman Ken Smith wanted to make sure that the fields will be available for sports other than soccer at times.
The City Council on Aug. 24 will consider a resolution allowing Chattanooga FC to proceed with constructing the facilities off E. 23rd Street.
The lease says there will be two fields; each field will be, at a minimum, 210 x 320. The playing surface will begrass or synthetic turf. If synthetic turf is utilized, it must be replaced, at expenseof the CFC, when the surface is determined to no longer be safe or ...