February 10, 2015

Rose Park Neighbors Rally to Keep Golf Course Open

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By The West View

When Rose Park and Westpointe Community Council members and other residents from surrounding neighborhoods heard that their golf course was on the chopping block, they mobilized to raise awareness of the issue and take steps to influence the city to keep it open as a full 18-hole course.

The City Council is considering recommendations from an appointed Citizen Task Force and a hired financial consultant, which include reducing the number of golf courses and infusing money into the Golf Fund to improve infrastructure of remaining courses. They are expected to vote on the matter at the Feb. 10 City Council meeting.

While there are many different opinions about the city’s system of golf courses, many in the local community, including City Councilman James Rogers, have expressed the sentiment that the Rose Park Golf Course is more than a place to go play golf. It is seen as a community amenity that enhances the value of the neighborhood and the quality of life for neighbors.

Neighbors of Rose Park Golf course value their access to this beautiful, open green space via the Jordan River Parkway trail. Many do not wish to see golf course property sold for development or expansion of utility infrastructure, and believe it would be expensive to maintain this open space under another use.

Over the last few months, residents from Westpointe and Rose Park got together to beautify the entrance to the course. They landscaped the center island, spruced up the grassy area on the north side, cleared weeds from the fence on the south side, and pruned overgrown trees at the old exit at the north end of the parking lot.

Their intent was to help make the golf course more welcoming to golfers, and to show the city they are willing to take action to keep their course vibrant and self-sustaining.

“With these beautification projects we put our effort where our mouths have been. We wanted to take it upon ourselves to add value to our golf course,” said Erin Youngberg, Westpointe Community Council Chair.

Photos courtesy of Westpointe Community Council.