Carola A. Haas
Virginia Tech’s plans to ignore its own top-ranked alternative for an indoor athletic practice facility located on the Southgate parking lot side of the stadium, in favor of a location on the existing practice fields and adjacent to Stadium Woods, is being touted as a successful compromise. This result could only come about because a long-term vision for Stadium Woods has not been made a priority.
For many years, Stadium Woods has been designated an environmental greenway on the university’s master plan. Only three months ago, 10 alternative sites for a practice facility were presented to the board of visitors, with the parking lot site ranked as the best option. Yet at last week’s meeting, there was no mention of that alternative and no discussion before a vote to approve the athletic department’s desired plan.
Haas is a professor wildlife ecology in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and the Environment. She lives in Riner.