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Ward 5 news: Divesture of McCall Lake Golf Course

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Ward 5 Councillor Ray Jones official website

The City’s golf courses have been facing a number of challenges regarding financial sustainability and capital requirements. Recognizing these challenges, Golf Course Operations recently undertook a comprehensive review of business operations to identify strategies for improving financial performance, meeting capital requirements and enhancing sustainability.

Recommendations resulting from the business operations review were presented to Council in October and work is now underway to:

"The divesture of McCall Lake Golf Course is bettersweet. While I'm sad to see the golf course close, I'm very excited about the potential repurposing of these lands for industrial and recreational purposes." Ald. Ray Jones

Due to significant operating and capital requirements, McCall Lake has been identified as an opportunity for divesture from the golf system.

The McCall Lake Golf Course will close AFTER the conclusion of the 2014 golf season.

Golf operations will work with block booking groups in finding alternate bookings at other municipal sites. No job loss is anticipated with the closure.

Groups who currently hold a License of Occupation with The City of Calgary adjacent to McCall Lake will be engaged throughout the process. Expired License of Occupations will continue to be renewed at this time.

The divesture of McCall Lake provides a unique opportunity for repurposing of the site. In November 2012, City Council approved Administration to move forward with a McCall Lake Concept Plan. The initial Concept Plan includes potential development of an industrial area and recreational campus with green space connections.

"While a revised fee structure will help to move Golf Course Operations to becoming more financially viable, the divesture of McCall Lake Golf Course is critical to addressing capital investments required to revitalize aging infrastructure and ensuring sustainability for the entire municipal golf system." Ald. Ray Jones

Community and stakeholder engagement will be part of any future repurposing plans for the site. Potential land sales may provide some capital funding to help address municipal golf courses capital requirements.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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