Aug. 25The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday voted 7-2 to authorize a lease with a soccer foundation for part of Montague Park, with panel members saying sports can co-exist next to the Sculpture Fields.
Council Chairman Chip Henderson and Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod cast the two no votes on the 40-year lease of 13 acres to the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation. The terms call for the foundation to lease the site for $1 a year.
Krue Brock, who directs the foundation, told the panel that athletic fields constructed on the tract at East 23rd and Polk streets next to the existing Sculpture Fields won't just be used for soccer.
He said he has been in conversations about Chattanooga Preparatory School using the site for football.
"It's an exciting use," Brock said about the parcel where playing rugby, lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee are also envisioned.
Councilman Anthony Byrd, in whose district the park sits, said he was asked if he'd put the Mona Lisa painting in the middle of Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play.
Byrd said he wouldn't put the artwork in a drug- and crime-ridden area that's not getting any development or help.
"I'd do something," he said, as he voted yes for the lease.
Warren Barnett, ...