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Hockey fans and environmentalists face off over proposed complex

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A proposed hockey complex in Creve Ceour Park would be a new practice facility for the Blues. Credit: KMOV A proposed hockey complex in Creve Ceour Park would be a new practice facility for the Blues. Credit: KMOV
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A proposed ice rink complex at Creve Coeur Lake Park is drawing praise from youth hockey parents and opposition from those who say it will ruin the park.

St. Louis County Planning officials listened to a packed house of speakers during a hearing in Clayton Wednesday.

The project spear headed by the Legacy Ice Foundation promises to be a youth hockey destination in the Midwest with four rinks.  It will also be a new practice home for the St. Louis Blues.

The facility is planned at the entrance to the park along Marine Avenue.

"Our area is starved for ice with the growth of the game here in St. Louis," says Patrick Quinn of Legacy Ice Foundation.

Opponents say they're not against hockey, they just wish the facility would go somewhere else besides a park.

Katherine Dockey of the Open Space Council says the project will be, "Larger than the size of a super Walmart."

Wednesday's hearing was held at the request of the Missouri Department of natural Resources.  The project has already passed approval with the St. Louis County Council.   

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