Metro is launching a two-part project to improve Glendoveer Golf Course, a source of contention last summer as residents rebuffed changes the regional government hoped would make the property more profitable.
Officials will host a public meeting about the project from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Glendoveer Club House, 14015 N.E. Glisan St.
Now that changing the golf course is completely off the table for Metro, Paul Slyman, director of Metro Parks and Environmental Services, thinks the community will be receptive to the project.
Glendoveer, 242 acres stretching between Northeast 148th and 131st avenues and Northeast Halsey and Glisan streets, includes two 18-hole golf courses, a pro shop, clubhouse, driving range, four tennis courts, a 2-mile fitness trail and Ringside Steakhouse.
In December Metro backed off its proposal to eliminate nine golf holes and turn indoor tennis courts into golf cart parking - steps it hoped would bolster a steady decline in revenue.
'That landed with a resounding thud with the community,' Slyman said.
Now the Metro Council is looking to sign a new operating contract and lay out a plan for future improvements at the course, Slyman said.
In part one of the project, Slyman said, Metro and a committee of community members will seek a new operating contract for Glendoveer, which has been operated by Glisan Street Recreation since the 1970s. The contract expires at the end of this year.
Under the current agreement, Metro receives 44 percent of the green fees, with no revenue from other property users. Metro's revenue from Glendoveer has declined several hundred thousand dollars over the past decade, even as it faces expensive improvements at the course.
The second part of the project would create a plan to cost-effectively repair and update Glendoveer.
Last summer, Lydia Neill, Metro project manager, estimated necessary repairs and improvements at the course would cost at least $1 million, and up to $11 million for wish-list improvements.
If you go
What: Public meeting discussing a new Glendoveer Golf Course project.
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Glendoveer Club House, 14015 N.E. Glisan St.