Protestors gathered at the St. Louis County Council this week to protest a new ice rink facility being built in Creve Coeur Lake Park, but supporters of the project were there to speak out, too.
The Open Space Council, which led the group, said the new ice facilities in Creve Coeur Lake Park that will include three indoor hockey rinks and an outside rink with a roof is not what residents want.
Open Space Council Director Katherine Dockery said construction of the new facilities would permanently alter the park’s aesthetic value.
“Our opposition claims that it’s only using two percent of the parkland but we know that no matter where you are in the park, you’ll be able to see this building, you’re going to be able to hear the generators and be able to see the lights, the parking is going to change,” Dockery said. “It’s really not a great building to go into Creve Coeur Lake Park it is, however, a wonderful building to go into the Mills Mall or to Jamestown Mall. There’s lots of other places this can be built, it really doesn’t need to be in public park land.”
Supporters of the new ice rink were also at the meeting.
Patrick Quinn, chairman of the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, said the ice rink wouldn’t cost taxpayers and that the ice rinks were a project for the whole community to enjoy.
“Over $25 million will be raised through private and civic contributions,” Quinn said. “The group will then be accountable for running this facility, there will be no profit motive. There are no contractors on our board, there is no one that will be profiting at all. This is for our community and for our public and our future.”
Quinn also added that public support for the new facilities was high, and it was the responsibility of the St. Louis County Council to develop more projects like the new ice rinks.
“As evidenced by the overwhelming public support shown in the past six months with a public hearing that was held here in January, followed up by a public comment period that recently closed out where 78 percent of the respondents were in favor of this project,” he said. “We believe that the Country leadership has shown over the years that it needs to develop things for its people.”