Hennepin County commissioner Peter McLaughlin met with 80 soccer players and their parents on March 25 at Green Central indoor soccer. Most of the families are Latino, and many live in the Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods.
They thanked commissioner McLaughlin for helping get three new soccer fields in south Minneapolis, including an artificial turf field at Stewart Park. They said the fields get extremely heavy use, and are so popular that it is often difficult for families to get on the fields.
They asked for more soccer fields at local parks, and particularly recommended Green school as an excellent location for new soccer fields. Many families also said that they often felt unsafe at Powderhorn and other local parks, and some said they would not let their children go to play at Powderhorn Park.
Many families also complained about bad treatment by the police, including police asking for residency status and using excessive force. The families want to meet with park board commissioners and other elected officials.
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