Earl Grey Golf Club is celebrating its 94th year in 2013. In 1932 it moved from its previous location in Mount Royal to its present day location on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir. The course itself is on public land, with a 20 year lease first starting between the EGGC and the City of Calgary in 1932, and having been renewed regularly since then. In January of 2013, a new 20 year lease was agreed to by the City of Calgary and the Golf Club, with an effective date of July 1st 2012.
The new lease secures the continued presence of Earl Grey, a valued community asset, and guarantees provisions for other public uses of public lands. Aside from bringing the lease to current market rates, the lease contains two other significant provisions preserving future municipal uses. Through additional license of occupations, future needs for Glenmore Trail expansion on the north, and a regional pathway along the reservoir were guaranteed.
Clearly, there will be an impact on the golf course itself. As part of the lease, the City of Calgary gave additional adjoining lands to the Earl Grey Golf Club on the south end. Over the next few years, the Golf Club, in conjunction with the City of Calgary Parks Department, will do the work on the few holes that need to be adjusted to allow for the regional pathway to be built. For more information on the Regional Pathway plans, have a look at this City of Calgary's Regional Pathway Plans.
At the end of the day, these lease negotiations are a win-win situation for Calgary. The Earl Grey Golf Club continues to operate and remain on a valuable piece of City land and will remain an integral part of the community. The Club has been a great supporter of the surrounding communities for 94 years and in this location since 1932 – it is very important that they remain as such.
As well, the City of Calgary is able to complete a missing link of the regional pathway that has been planned for over 20 years. The public gets access to an important and beautiful asset, the Glenmore Reservoir, through the completion of the regional pathway. Over the next while, I anticipate that work will also proceed with the other “missing link” along the shore below Heritage Park. I very much look forward to the day when we can walk all the way around the Glenmore Reservoir.
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