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Protesters outside STL Co. Council voice opposition to proposed ice rink in Creve Coeur Park

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Protesters outside the St. Louis County Council chambers voiced their opposition to a proposed ice rink in Creve Coeur Park. Credit: KMOV Protesters outside the St. Louis County Council chambers voiced their opposition to a proposed ice rink in Creve Coeur Park. Credit: KMOV
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The plan for the future home of the Blues practice facility was met by protesters Tuesday.

“It’s an outdoor park, it is our crown jewel for our park system and this building is not appropriate to be done inside the park,” said Susan Christie.

The St. Louis Ice Center is proposed to be built inside Creve Coeur Lake Park and about 100 people showed up to the St. Louis County Council meeting to oppose it.

The plan was already approved by County Council Members in December.

It is now awaiting approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the National Parks.

This group against it still wants to be heard.

At the microphone, Mitch Leachman with Creve Coeur Park Coalition claimed work is already happening at the site.

“County officials have claimed the activity is alternatively: a storm water drainage project, grading work for storm water management, or normal operations and maintenance when in fact the construction activities are for the St. Louis Ice Center,” said Leachman.

Leachman said the permits for the work currently happening at the park (one from the DNR and one from Maryland Heights) cite work for the Ice Center.

The St Louis Legacy Ice Foundation is the group behind building the facility which would be used for youth and recreational hockey as well as the Blues practice facility. 

Chairman Patrick Quinn said he appreciates the input, but that they believe this will be a great asset to the community.

“78 percent of the people who replied to the Economic Development Partnership study have come back in support of this project to close out the public comment period about three weeks ago, so my opinion here is the ship has sailed, our project is in the hands of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the federal government to decide if it should proceed,” said Quinn.

Quinn encouraged people against the project to read the entire plan.

Ultimately the project is in the hands of the decision from the Missouri DNR and the federal government.

County Council members stated during Tuesday’s meeting it would be looking into the claims about the current permits for the work being done at the park.

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