Community needs to stay involved in Glendoveer process
- Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Metro got valuable community feedback when it unveiled some possible changes at Glendoveer Golf Course during a meeting on Aug. 1.
The regional government, which owns the course and leases it to operator Glisan Street Recreation, isn't happy with the revenue it receives from the greens fees and with the lease agreement coming to an end in 2012, a new long-range plan is needed for the facility.
Metro's more dramatic proposals, including cutting one of the two 18-hole courses down to nine holes and eliminating the indoor tennis courts for a golf-cart parking lot/wedding site, didn't go over well with its loyal users, and it's no wonder.
A story in the Aug. 6 Outlook covered the meeting and people's dismay over some of the proposals outlined by Metro.
The negative reaction to some of the proposed plans has been noted and will have an impact on the future of the recreational facility, according to Lydia Neill, a Metro construction supervisor and Glendoveer property manager.
'We need to show people we care,' Neill said.
The Metro Council will hear a summary of the public feedback during its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16. (See box for more information on the upcoming meeting.)
Neill's concerns include what she calls a disturbing decline in revenue that she says is steeper than can be accounted for by a recent trend of bad weather and the poor economy.
'Some of it is transitory, but when you compare it to other city courses, like Rose City and Eastmoreland, the decline is steeper,' she said. 'It's more than just the economy and weather.'
Metro is taking some heat for the amount of deferred maintenance, which has ballooned to $1 million for crucial repairs, $7 million to $11 million for other improvements. Metro has been benefiting from the lease to the tune of $900,000 in 2002 to $750,000 last year, but hasn't been putting that money back into the facility.
Neill admits Glendoveer needs some attention, and she was asked to put together a proposal to spend $1.5 million to address some of the more critical issues.
'There is a concern that we've been taking money and not reinvesting it,' Neill said. 'We'll try to do the right thing to address the management structure and stay on top of those.
'This fall we'll come up with a plan, not on the scale the public was opposed to, to bring it up to code,' Neill said.
Metro deserves credit for keeping the public informed of the process. There will be a message board in the pro shop at Glendoveer to keep people posted on upcoming meetings and proposals.
'We are not going to make wholesale changes without keeping people informed,' Neill said.
Those who care about Glendoveer need to keep telling Metro what they want from the facility.
Metro does face a need to keep the revenue coming in from Glendoveer, which makes up for some of the parks, boat ramps and cemeteries that cost money to maintain, but the community also needs this crucial recreation asset.
If you go
What: The Metro Council hears a summary of feedback from the Monday, Aug. 1, open house.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 16. The meeting starts at 2 p.m., but the Glendoveer agenda item isn't scheduled to start until 3:15 p.m.
Where: Metro Regional Center, 600 N.E. Grand Ave., Portland
Details: Because the meeting is a work session, no public comment will be taken.