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St. Louis Ice Center needs your help

by St. Louis Blues / Legacy Ice Foundation

The St. Louis Blues organization has been working diligently with the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation in an effort to build a state-of-the-art ice facility at Creve Coeur Park. The process of gaining approvals from all city, county, state and national agencies has been long and arduous, but the Foundation has continually shown the positive virtues that the project brings, including the efforts and ability to peacefully co-exist with both the natural and recreational uses that currently exist in the park. At every turn, the citizens of the County have stepped forward to show their support of the project with nearly 80 percent of all responses expressing their desire to see the project completed.

Unfortunately, there are still political hurdles to navigate. If the project is delayed, it will result in increased pressure to provide adequate ice time to support all of the youth hockey leagues, figure skating and other ice sports activities that have been popular and have grown in St. Louis.

Your help is urgently needed in the following ways:

NOW: Share this message with your family and friends that support youth hockey, figure skating, synchronized skating and all other ice sports. Help spread the word.

TUESDAY: Have your family don their team gear (hockey jerseys, synchro/figure skating costumes, etc.) for the County Council meeting. Gather at 5:30 p.m. at 41 S. Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105 and be prepared to comment during the 6 p.m. public comment period of the Council meeting.

CAN'T JOIN US TUESDAY NIGHT? Ensure your voice is heard by reaching out to your (or all of the) St. Louis County Council member(s) via phone or email. Click here for a list of County Council members along with their contact information. If you need help identifying your district, view a map by clicking here.

Here are some facts you should know about St. Louis' local parks:

- Ice rinks currently exist in six local parks, two of which are County Parks - Queeny, Wayne C. Kennedy, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Shaw (seasonal) and Forest Park (seasonal). Parks are for ice sports.

- Other recreational opportunities also exist in these parks, such as lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, recreational swimming pools, golf courses, community theaters, performance amphitheaters, museums, small arenas, skate parks, gymnasiums, indoor tracks, fitness complexes, meeting spaces, athletic fields, picnic sites and shelters, water parks, aquatic centers and lakes for water sports. Parks are for recreation.

- Each of these parks also contain areas dedicated to nature. These areas co-exist with all other recreational opportunities that are offered to our citizens. Parks are for nature lovers and leisure recreation.

- Parks are for everyone.

The completion of this project is of massive importance to local Youth Hockey organizations. As well, it represents the best opportunity to grow the game at the youth, amateur, collegiate and junior hockey levels. The facility provides an opportunity for St. Louis to become a destination location for ice sport competition. And, it helps all of us as we continue to grow the game in the Heartland of Hockey.

Your help is appreciated.

Learn more about the proposed facility at www.legacyice.org.

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