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November 26th, 2011, 05:00 PM
March 31st, 2009
According to the Parks Dept the first step in the process will be for the Bike Club and the SDGA to have all their set-backs, limitations and exclusions all laid out and all above board. The Parks Dept. will also have it's own list of exclusions. Some of these are known at present and some are not. The biggest exclusion coming from the Parks Dept. involves the main green area. That excluded area includes the large green, the 200' or so of the forest that leads up to the first line of rock outcroppings and the rock outcroppings themselves which will be a climbing area. The area just to the west of the large green will be dedicated to an archery range to be built in 2013 and is not available to us. Further, the 40 acres referred to by Sean above is only an option of last resort. It is by no means pledged to us at this time. The Parks Dept. has not yet asked for this on our behalf because there is a need to maintain a wildlife corridor somewhere through the Beacon Hill Trail System and this 40 acre piece of conservancy futures property may well be reserved for that. This is the most up-to-date information we have from the Parks Dept and much more remains to be settled.
The discussions going among Board Members of course includes the possibility of 2x18., but it also includes the idea of a major 18 with an optional 9 hole upper loop to provide for both an 18 and a 27 in relatively the same space. Also under consideration is the idea of an "intro" course of either 9 or 18 holes to accommodate the youthful, the aged, and the inexperienced. This notion would also help to address the problem of congestion in the lower southeast area.
There is no promise that we are entitled to two courses. The sooner we enter into an amicable relationship with the Bike Club the better we'll be able to get started on any of this. Gordy
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