AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the search continues for a plot of land to put a potential 20,000-seat soccer stadium, one neighborhood wants their message to be clear: stay away from our green space.
“This land is not suitable or sustainable to absorb what is being proposed,” said Linda Guerrero, the daughter of the namesake of Roy G. Guerrero Park in east Austin.
Neighbors held a rally at the park Saturday against using any space there for the stadium. It is one of two sites still on the list for Precourt Sports Venture, the owner of the Columbus Crew.
Neighbors say it’s important to save the park for people, and it already needs work for that.
“We have worked for over a decade in trying to preserve Roy Guerrero Park,” said Susana Alamaza, president of the Montopolis Neighborhood Association. “We worked on the master plan, and we fought the green water treatment plant from coming here. We fought the disc golf from coming here.”
Just Friday, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department asked for a delay to consider more sites. In January, four Austin city council members announced they planned to introduce a resolution to remove city parkland, like Guerrero Metro Park, from consideration.
Some are still hopeful the pro team will find a location. Another location still on the list is on McKalla Place near The Domain.