Soldier’s Field officially deemed a local, historical landmark
(ABC 6 News) – It’s been a debate for a while now.
This highly populated area, frequented by many looking for a bit of space and sunshine, draws question marks of whether it deserves to be a local landmark.
Monday night’s city council meeting had members unanimously drawing an official conclusion: it’s time Soldier’s Field gets the recognition it deserves.
Among those most excited about the decision is Sheriff Kevin Torgerson of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. “This memorial here, the veteran’s memorial, the law enforcement memorial across the way, the other memorials off to the east of this site, all have good significance.”
Many are feeling victorious after that final vote. Whether it’s rounds of summer golf, a rink for ice skating in the dead of winter or the host for the famous Rochesterfest, many know the value that Soldier’s Field brings to the Med City.
Despite its new landmark status, Torgerson says there is still more work to be done to the field. “It’s become a focal point and a source of pride and information, and with our law enforcement memorial hopefully being opened and the fence being taken down, it will add to that.”
Soldier’s Field now joins a list of other historical landmarks in Rochester such as the Mayowood Mansion, the Chateau Theatre, the Plummer Building and several others.
As for future work, funding is still being raised to continue construction on the law enforcement memorial. The goal is to have it completed by October 2024 at the latest.