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This news release comes from the Conservation Federation of Missouri:


Join Open Space Council members and open space enthusiasts to protest a proposal to build a massive ice arena in Creve Coeur Lake Park on Tuesday, August 15th from 5 -7 p.m. at the County Government Building located at 41 South Central Avenue in Clayton.
 
"Creve Coeur Lake Park is St. Louis County's oldest and most popular park.  It was purchased with support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which places restrictions that the land must be used for conservation and outdoor recreation purposes. Any change in use must first be approved by the National Park Service and approval must be granted. We are deeply disturbed that despite not having the necessary permissions, grading work and tree removal has already begun at the park," said Katherine Dockery, Executive Director of Open Space Council.
 
According to Dockery, the ice arena will consume 40-acres of open space and tower 65-feet above the lake. She said this facility would be equivalent to three Wal-Mart's in volume with over 1,000 paved parking spaces. It will dramatically alter the look and feel of the park, forever. 
 
The National Park Service is reviewing this controversial proposal and no final decision has been made, however massive grading and tree removal has begun on the site.
  
Join Open Space Council by doing the following:
1) Attend the protest in front of the County Building from 5-5:30 p.m.
2) Wear Green and join in solidarity during the council meeting beginning at 6 p.m.
3) Make a personalized sign to hold sharing your love for the park
4) Sign up to speak outside of the Council Chambers
 
Can't get off work?  No problem. Join Open Space Council inside the Council Chambers located on the 1st floor between 5:30-7 p.m.
 
For more information, visit www.openspacestl.org.


Edge Wade
ASM Conservation Partnership Coordinator
 

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