GREECE CANAL PARK FROM THE SOCCER COMPLEX
Citizens For The Integrity of Greece Canal Park is a group who have mobilized our efforts to save Greece Canal Park from the
proposed Soccer Complex. We are feisty, concerned and have channeled much
money, time and effort into a common mission. Our aim is to leave Greece Canal
Park as it is - CLEAN, GREEN, and QUIET, which has become our motto. We are as
grass roots as they come. Our
aim is to stay vigilant and to show that we in Greece have a genuine concern for
our quality of life and that we care deeply about our parks and green, open
site was last updated on Wednesday, November 07, 2001
Muriel Albright Nov. 6.
some comments about the proposed soccer field in Greece Canal Park? Join our Forum. Contacts: Please
contact these individuals for these various items: DAVID
RIDLEY for information, ALBERT GALLO for how to obtain POSTERS,
ALBRIGHT -for how to obtain LITERATURE
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle and the
soccer complex advisory committee early this summer selected Greece Canal Park
as the proposed soccer complex site. The site approximately 130 acres, bounded
by Manitou Rd. and the Erie Canal would consume 88 acres of farmland purchased
last fall and 30 - 40 acres of woods and wetlands. The complex would consist of
22 fields, 1,936 car parking lot, 2,500 seat bleachers, lights, loudspeakers,
concessions, restrooms and other buildings. This soccer complex is planned to accommodate
large tournaments (pay for play) for elite travel teams from a multi-state area
Southwest Greece is an old residential area that still
retains its rural character. Two lane Manitou Road and the two lane canal bridge
would be seriously overloaded with increased traffic. The hill from the canal
bridge makes an entrance and exit to the complex hazardous. The site is not
flat, being generally rolling terrain and has no sewers.
The green scenic beauty and serenity of the Erie Canal
Towpath enjoyed by walkers, bicyclists and runners would be compromised.
Wetlands both federal and state on and adjacent to the site would be severely
impacted. The site supports an abundance of wildlife including turkey, deer,
fox, woodcock and the pileated woodpecker. Both Monroe County and the Town of
Greece have referred to the site as environmentally sensitive.
Most of the upfront planning for this proposed soccer complex
site was done with no public input. Tobacco settlement money will be used to
fund all or part of this project, instead of being used for health care.
Frontier Field and the ESL Hockey Center were supposed to pay for themselves.
Will we the taxpayers also have to subsidize the soccer complex?
This proposed soccer complex will destroy the character and
integrity of Greece Canal Park, the Erie Canal and the surrounding community.
This commercially oriented complex and the magnitude of it does not belong in
Greece Canal Park.
Voice your concern by calling or writing County Exec. Jack Doyle, Greece
Supervisor John Auberger and your county legislators.
CITIZENS FOR THE INTEGRITY
OF GREECE CANAL PARK
SOCCER COMPLEX IN GREECE CANAL PARK
88 ACRES purchased
in Greece for park land is proposed as a site for a Large Tournament Soccer Complex – this park land is bordered by Manitou Road and Erie Canal.
A wooded wetland of Greece Canal County Park would
be severely affected by the soccer complex.
Greece Canal Park is a haven for migratory birds
stopping before their long haul across Lake Ontario.
22 fields and two to three stadiums, a parking lot
for more than 2,000 cars, an operation building, concession buildings and bright
lights would be seen from the historic Erie Canal Towpath. The Park will be
overrun by out of town/state visitors who come for the tournaments.
Towpath is enjoyed by walkers, bicyclists, and
runners for its green scenic beauty. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THAT BEAUTY!
Cost: Estimated at $4.5 million (does not include
sewer and road expenses which taxpayers will have to finance).
Complex will most likely be turned over to a
for-profit, private entity.
490 acres were purchased with Greece taxpayer money
for hotels and restaurants without any input from Greece taxpayers. This farm
land is next to the Greece Canal Park and the Canal Towpath.
Increased traffic in park will render it unsafe for
bicyclists, walkers, runners, and park visitors.
Money from Tobacco Settlement may be used to
finance an ultimately private, for-profit venture. What about using the Tobacco
money for its intended purpose to improve the health of Monroe County?
Wouldn’t saving Genesee Hospital be a better use of this money that belongs to