Future of Rochester Golf Courses Under Consideration
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – The Rochester Parks Department is about to start a process that could see big changes to the city’s municipal golf courses.
Council members will receive four reports which will focus on the Northern Hills, Eastwood and Hadley Creek golf facilities. A press release says the reports “will contain information about the opportunities and challenges associated with the repositioning of each course and potential future high-profile uses for each course.” The park board has already received a report on the Soldiers Field Golf Course as part of the discussion of a new master plan for the entire Soldiers Field Memorial Park.
Paul Widman, Director of Parks and Recreation, said, “We appreciate the opportunity to use the park board meeting to ensure that members and the community are provided with information as it happens. as we move forward with future engagement activities. This is the next step in the process requested by City Council following the review and analysis of municipal golf in our community by the National Golf Foundation.
City Council previously asked the Parks Department to review golf operations and create a strategy to secure more than $700,000 a year in funding for capital improvement projects, operations support and development. other expenditures necessary to “better preserve the value of new investments in an improved environment”. system.” The Board also directed the Parks Department to investigate ways to optimize the golf program by repositioning one or more courses and identifying so-called high-level future uses for the properties. The department’s review included also developing plans to maintain existing golf facilities at current funding levels by identifying service and “user experience” reductions that would be required in future years.
The park board meeting will be held Tuesday at the Mayo Civic Center in room 101 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The park board does not plan to take any formal action at the meeting.