- Using land in Howard Bend for recreational purposes makes perfect sense. Land used for recreation is less expensive -- and easier -- to restore than other commercial properties after the inevitable flooding that occurs in a floodplain. We believe more opportunities should be sought to use the land in this area for recreation.
- This kind of sports facility requires a lot of land, which is not available elsewhere in Maryland Heights. In fact, it's not readily available anywhere else in St. Louis County. Thus, this is a wise use of land resources for our city and region.
- This type of development has a low impact on the character of the area. Soccer fields do not loom many stories high, sprout smoke stacks, or generate the traffic of large-scale commercial developments.
Last week, the Maryland Heights City Council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Ultimate Soccer Arenas of Missouri to lease Sportport, the facility located at Sportport Drive and Maryland Heights Expressway in the Howard Bend floodplain. We applaud this vote because:
Maryland Heights is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a fair at Creve Coeur Park's Sailboat Cove. Come join the fun!