Council discusses preliminary golf course design |

Council discusses preliminary golf course design

Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A trail, parking and dust control were three of the largest concerns raised Thursday by City Council about the city’s proposed golf course.Although the final design isn’t yet completed, council gave a conceptual review Thursday to preliminary plans for the city’s planned 18-hole golf course, driving range and sled hill. The original debris flow mitigation plan called for a trail on the hill above Glenwood Meadows. But since the golf course will be located on that hill, no trail was planned.Council strongly urged Phelps Golf Course Design architect Rick Phelps to revise the plan to include a trail on the north side of the course. This would place the trail between the course and the homes planned for Glenwood Meadows. “We met with the architect this morning,” Parks and Recreation Department director Bill Efting said on Friday. “They’re going to look at the topography and figure out how to do a soft trail.”City Councilman Don Gillespie was in favor of moving the trail to the less-steep northern border of the golf course. “Anyone who’s in shape enough to ride along the top part of the trail I can count on my fingers and toes,” he said. Another concern raised by council members is parking at the golf course. Councilman Dave Merritt said he doesn’t want to see Community Center parking become golf course parking. Efting said after looking at patron usage at the Community Center and the golf course, he realized they could fit together well. The golf course will be most heavily used in summer, while the Community Center’s biggest months come during the winter. “It really works out, because all our events are in parks and at schools,” Efting said. The golf course will also have a new lot, located adjacent to the Community Center lot, with 80 to 100 new parking spaces.Blowing dust during construction of the course was another concern mentioned by council. But according to Phelps, that problem will be handled with the provision of consequences to the contractor if there’s excessive dust. Also, much of the course will remain in its natural state, curtailing dust, Efting said.The newest schedule for the golf course calls for construction to start this winter, seeding in the spring, and opening the course in summer 2005. All work, however, hinges on Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council approval of the golf course and its funding. The timing on the city approval process is tight. According to a letter from Phelps, if construction isn’t started before the end of the year, the delay could hold back the planting of grass until the spring 2005 and the course wouldn’t be opened until spring 2006. In other business, City Council:-Awarded the contract for the 23rd Street improvement project to Dow Construction for $393,000. -Finished drafting a letter stating its approval of a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority trail system connecting Emma and Glenwood Springs. -Approved on first reading an ordinance that bars people from leaving horses or livestock at the rodeo grounds. -Was presented with the preliminary draft of the 2004 budget.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

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