The debate over Ursuline's soccer field jumped the shark a dozen years ago when an outcry from the school's Preston Hollow neighbors convinced the City Council to reject the school's request to install lights. The defeat sent Ursuline back to the drawing board. Last May, it unveiled a new, more modest lighting plan, the unobtrusiveness of which was backed up by detailed photometric and lighting studies, and set about wooing neighbors.
It worked. Today, City Council approved Ursuline's soccer field lights to the cheers of supporters and members of Ursuline's state champion soccer team. But that only came at the conclusion of testimony that frequently bordered on the absurd.More »