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100-year History of Utilizing Our Athletic Facilities

Edgewood High School has a nearly 100-year history of using its athletic facilities for practice purposes, hosting day-time sporting events and allowing access to the community for game and recreational purposes. The Goodman Athletic Complex has deeply enriched Edgewood’s ability to serve as a community-wide asset for the greater Madison area.

Lighting

The amended plan includes the incorporation of the latest LED lighting technology that will minimize glow, light spill and glare. This new technology, along with the height of the poles in our plans, will ensure that lighting from the limited number of night games will not go beyond our property. The plan meets and even exceeds the City lighting requirements. 
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Sound

The amended plan also includes a directional amplified sound system that is custom-designed for the site and meets all City sound requirements. The sound system will only be used during games and we have agreed to prohibit music being played over the PA system, with the exception of the national anthem. Edgewood High School continues to work with sound engineers to model natural sound and identify the best approaches for managing sound.
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Traffic

Based on the study that was conducted as part of the Master Plan process, engineers concluded that traffic for the anticipated crowd size for the Athletic Complex would not increase and, in fact, could potentially decrease traffic during peak times due to the scheduling of events during non-peak travel hours. The Monroe St. entrance is to be used for all events. 
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Parking

The Edgewood campus currently has 560 parking stalls, a number that could accommodate even the largest anticipated crowd size so there should not be an increased parking impact on neighborhood streets. Visitors attending athletic events will be provided on-site parking information and discouraged from parking in the neighborhood. 
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Facts About Our Proposed Changes to the Goodman Athletic Complex 

Throughout this detailed process we have been careful to adhere to our core principles of commitment to Truth, Compassion, Justice, Community and Partnership, and an authentic dedication to preparing the whole student for a successful future. We have worked closely with local officials to meet or exceed City of Madison requirements on lighting, sound, parking and traffic; we have held neighborhood listening sessions to identify areas of concern and explore potential modifications, as necessary and appropriate; and we have worked hard to ensure that everyone involved receives accurate and timely information regarding the various aspects of the process and the modifications we are seeking. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Two major factors prompted us to begin the formal amendment process over a year and a half ago, as outlined in our Campus Master Plan: 
1. Our agreement with Middleton High School was no longer feasible. City of Madison fields only became available for Edgewood’s use after all city schools and sports have scheduled their games. This left Edgewood scrambling to find a location to host their games. This also made every game an “away” game and led to extensive coordination, security, safety and liability issues as well as the frustrations involved in having to call multiple locations “home” in the same season.

2. Advancements in both lighting and sound technology have made it possible to ensure that two of the major neighborhood concerns we acknowledged early in the Campus Master Plan process — light and sound — could now be addressed in a fashion that not only meets, but exceeds the City of Madison requirements.  

As with other City of Madison-approved Master Plans, the Edgewood Campus plan specifically details the City-required process for making amendments to the plan. Edgewood High School has spent the last year and a half following this process by engaging city officials, local neighborhood associations and our neighbors to ensure that the amendments we are seeking address neighborhood issues and meet or exceed City of Madison requirements. 

As mentioned previously, Edgewood High School has a decades-long history of using its athletic facilities not only for practice purposes, but actually hosting day-time sporting events and allowing access to the community for recreational purposes. The proposed amendments to our Master Plan do not change the intended usage of the Goodman Athletic Complex, but rather take advantage of new technologies that will allow for a limited number of night games and afford Edgewood the ability to host home events for all of its teams. 

The amendment that Edgewood High School is seeking to enrich the Goodman Athletic Complex will include very specific requirements related to such things as the number of allowable night games, the specific times that lights are allowable and the fact that the Complex will not be available for other nighttime events. Edgewood is committed to adhering to these parameters and all of the agreed-upon restrictions will be fully enforceable by the City of Madison. As