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OLIVETTE, Mo. - It was standing room only at a community meeting about the fate of a public park.

Developers want to build a multi-million dollar sports complex in Warson Park in Olivette. If the developers got their way, this building would also be torn down.

Since we last told you about this issue, the developers have scaled back. They went from three ice rinks to now two and 75 fewer parking spaces.

Thursday night's meeting was for the public, to ask questions to the developers and the city council. Developers told the crowd they will try to keep as many mature trees as possible and they are still working out how many hours a day the facility would be open to the public. The developers told the residents they have had soft commitments from hockey organizations that would use the rinks.

One resident says the scaled back version of the plan will only last so long.

"They scaled back to move forward, but then Joe Bannister actually said then we would like to put in a third ice rink so we are really back to the original," said resident Judy Merrims.

"The field conditions are in adequate, they have been since I've lived here in 1982, this building is falling apart and it was slated for demolition more than five years ago I believe," said resident Ian O'Neal, who says the city doesn't have the money to keep up the park.

A vote by the council is still months away, they will take up a zoning issue next month and they are waiting on economic development studies.

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