Letter: Neighbours needed notice for St. Patrick soccer field upgrade

In regards to the proposed Ryerson soccer field that was cancelled due to complaints from local residents (‘NIMBY-ism at its worst’ turfs plan for soccer field upgrade, May 31): I am one of those residents. In fact, my house lies a mere 50 feet from where this field would have been.

I was surprised at how lazy and lopsided the article reads. No objectivism, just a strangely skewed story that is irrelevant to the people who read your paper.

So, I’d like to clarify a few things regarding this issue. No one in our community received notice of this project. There was a quietly held “soccer event” that Councillor Paula Fletcher was invited to the day it was held.

So not even our city official could defend us, and that was exactly what the Toronto Catholic District School board wanted. No community consultation, no meetings, just a deal made on the sly that would implant a $2-million FIFA-grade stadium in the middle of a quiet residential neighbourhood. And you call this “NIMBY-ism?” What a tediously inaccurate headline.

There was no traffic study conducted, and no consideration of noise pollution that would affect the 70 houses and nearby senior’s home. To assume that everyone will take the TTC is completely unrealistic.

I consider the Beach community to be very similar to my own, one with families who care about building spaces that benefit all and not a select few.

Emily Glenn

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