The potential redevelopment of the McCall Lake Golf Course - in particular the closure of the golf course itself - has provoked some very passionate comments from some of my golf-loving constituents. The course will remain open for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but its future is uncertain past that. If you want to learn a bit more about the proposed McCall Lake redevelopment, and perhaps make some comments of your own, your chance is coming soon.
But first, here is a bit of background information:
Over the next 10 years, approximately $35 million will be needed to address life-cycle requirements across the municipal golf system, of which $6.7 million is required at McCall Lake. Additionally, the northeast golf course runs an average annual deficit of between $200,000 and $250,000.
The redevelopment of the McCall Lake Golf Course is being investigated as an option to sustaining municipal golf as:
• No further operating or capital funding will be required for this asset.
• Potential land sales could provide the $35 million needed for life-cycle requirements at the remaining municipal golf courses over the next 10 years.
A Concept Plan of the site includes the potential development of a commercial/industrial area and recreational campus. Click here to find the latest information on the McCall Lake Golf Course.
The City of Calgary’s Golf Course Operations unit is inviting all Calgarians to one of their up-coming McCall Lake Golf Course Open House sessions. These information sessions will give stakeholders an opportunity to express their opinions on municipal golf sustainability and how that relates to the proposed closure and redevelopment of the McCall Lake Golf Course site. All information gathered during engagement will be provided to Council as part of the project’s Feasibility Study.
The Open House Information Sessions will be held:
• Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr. S.W.)
• Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness (7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E.)
Other McCall Lake engagement opportunities include:
Telephone Survey (Feb. 17 - March 2)
The City will survey 800 randomly chosen Calgarians on their perceptions and expectations of Golf Course Operations as well as their opinions on the potential closure of the McCall Lake Golf Course for redevelopment on that site.
Online Weblink Survey (Feb. 17 -March 2)
An online survey will also be posted on Calgary.ca from February 17 to March 2 and will mirror the questions used in the telephone survey. This survey will be open to all stakeholders.
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