Dear Ron Winn, Joe Pantalone et al, As a proud resident of the Trinity-Bellwoods community, it has been a continuous source of great frustration that there are three baseball diamonds taking up the large fields at Trinity-Bellwoods Park as opposed to the ZERO existing soccer fields. In a letter dated 7/28/05 you, Ron, address the following: \"The adult use of the diamonds indicates that the number of diamonds are needed.\" I find this an absurd statement as it completety avoids the issue that there is no other field in the park that is even allowed to compete with baseball! If it is the privatization of the park that you are proposing than that is unacceptable. The residents of this community consider this a wonderful, public area for all to SHARE, not necessarily to profit from. Secondly, you also state: \"Historically a set of soccer goals are erected across the outfiled (sic) of Diamond 1 in the Fall.\" As a regular user of this park I can confirm that this is a false statement as there were no goals erected last year (2004). However, there were placards placed over the holes intended for the goal posts so as to avoid any injury. What is being proposed here, that we play through the Winter Soccer is also a summer sport and should be treated with the same respect that you show towards baseball. In fact, this is an incredible community. It is a wonderfully diverse part of Toronto, made up of many cultures and ethnicities. Regardless of our backgrounds, however, we have one thing in common...our love for the sport of soccer. Our neighborhood friends that come out to play (freely I might add) come from Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay, Egypt, Algeria, China, Japan, Australia, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile and so many other places from around the world. However, they have chosen to make the Bellwoods park area their new home because it is in this diversity that they feel comfortable. Every week our public, inclusive soccer games are stopped suddenly by the private, exclusive (permited) baseball games. Adding insult to injury, in many cases there are more soccer players being asked to leave the outfield than there are baseball/softball players about to play. All I ask as a representative for all who view soccer as our main summer activity is that we have a soccer field that we can practice year round. Soccer is one of the best sports promoting both good physical fitness and team play. I\'m sure baseball also has its positive attributes but that is an entirely different debate. I find it a shame that in such a diverse community, soccer is so woefully misrepresented in our park. Three baseball fields, no soccer fields...this gaffe is absolutely unacceptable and MUST be rectified. Please take all these points into consideration. Yours sincerely, Miguel Rocha 34 Argyle St. 416-531-3517
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Leila Cools, United States7 years ago Comments: Soccer is an inclusive and affordable sport. It's great exercise...and has a low negative impact on the park. Lots of people would make great use of space / goalposts.
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