Leave it alone – or make some big changes?
A steady stream of Rochester residents filed through the Soldiers Field golf clubhouse this afternoon to check out
four concept plans for the future of Soldiers Field Memorial Park – and to leave behind comments or to pass on their feelings to Park and Recreation Department employees who were also in attendance. A consultant began working on a conceptual master plan for the future of the entire park in November and the concept plans were revealed to the public today. One essentially would leave the park in its present layout, with some changes to the northern area. Another would reduce the golf course to 9 holes, along with other changes. The most dramatic calls for a near complete makeover of the entire park – the only existing features that would remain are the Veterans Memorial and the two playgrounds. It would be transformed into somewhat of a nature park, including an arboretum on the south side of the current golf course. The overall goal of the plans is to see how the public feels about the possible changes. The sentiment at today’s meeting appeared to lean in favor of leaving most of the park intact. The Park Board wants to hear from as many citizens as possible before deciding what changes should be included in a final master plan for the park. It’s estimated any changes would take place over the next 20 years, or longer.