Save the Soldiers Field Track

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Gwen Jacobson
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The Soldiers Field Track is the only running track available to the public in the City of Rochester. It is also the only natural surface track in the City of Rochester and Olmsted County.

On May 7, 2019 the City of Rochester Park Board voted to move forward with a recommendation to shorten and widen the existing track to an oval shape (non-regulation track) and pave it with 4 inches of asphalt.

We need to save the track! Each summer for 48 years hundreds of children have participated in the Hal Martin All Comers' Track meets on this track. Asphalt is not a safe running surface for children. Runners and walkers use this track daily. Home School athletes use the track. High School track athletes use the track after school hours, on weekends and in the summer. Rochester Elementary schools and Schafer Academy hold their spring Track and Field days on the track. The track is located within 6 blocks of the Mayo Clinic and is easily accessible to employees and patients of the Mayo Clinic who wish to walk or run on a non-asphalt surface. The track is centrally located in the city and accessible by foot or public transportation.

We need to let our city officials know we want to keep this a running track in the same configuration as exists today and surfaced with any product other than asphalt. 

Take Action:

Sign this petition.

Call or email your City Council representative and Park Board Commissioner and let them know you want the Soldiers Field Track to remain a regulation track with a non-asphalt surface. City Council Members: https://rochestermn.gov/government/city-council/council-members Park Board Commissioners: https://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park-and-recreaction/about-us/park-board

Participate in the Save the Track event on Thursday, May 23, 2019 anytime from sunrise to sunset. Come walk or run as many laps as you would like to show your support for the Soldiers Field Track, 244 Soldiers Field Drive SW, Rochester MN.