Future of St. Paul's Victoria Park land is in play

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 7, 2012 - 9:59 PM

City needs youth soccer fields; some neighbors seek passive uses.

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xyzzy72Mar. 7, 12 9:44 PM

I don't think a picture of kids and adults trespassing on railroad tracks, which is private property, is very useful to an article regarding a St. Paul park. There's no mention of the tracks in the article.

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NursecarmenMar. 7, 1210:05 PM

This city desperately needs more soccer fields. As the sport gains popularity, playing fields are harder and harder to come by. It could be tied in to the river front, were hundreds of acres of park land exist. And Soccer fields will get way more use than a hidden little park will.

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bik4u62Mar. 8, 12 7:11 AM

Seems like attitudes trump all else here. Allowing the addition of a soccer field is "rolling over"? And is natural grass really the least preferred park field these days? Maybe I'm just feeling old.

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gman84Mar. 8, 12 9:00 AM

I have an alternative idea. Convert many of the under used baseball / softball fields in St. Paul parks to soccer fields. McMurray park is an example. Go check out the (turf) soccer / lacrosse fields, they are constantly in use. The five baseball fields are often unused. One thing is for sure and Coleman is right, it is financially impossible to keep grass fields in decent shape under heavy use.

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hclappMar. 8, 1210:55 AM

Safety was the main concern. The tracks are actually no longer in use since the Ford Plan shut down. That was determined before anyone was allowed on the tracks.

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hollygoldsMar. 8, 1212:19 PM

As member of the neighborhood the park will be in, most of the residents will not go for this soccer complex that the parks department will not quit pushing in our face. We need a park that people can use freely and maintain the river views that are some of the best along the Mississippi. There are plenty of spaces the soccer complex could go that would not impact our great river and it's neighborhoods.

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braxozMar. 8, 12 1:14 PM

xyzzy72: I think the train tracks in the picture service the Ford Plant. Not too many trains going there now.

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wabbitoidMar. 8, 12 1:25 PM

The railroad tracks are still in use - though traffic is way down since the Ford Plant closed, there are still two users of those tracks. This is one of many concerns with the particular site. These tracks very much define how small the area is, forcing the proposal to scale back from the original 4 "World Cup" sized fields to much smaller pitches.

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