By: Rob Harris
Denver faces a problem. It needs a place to divert flood waters in the event of heavy rains.
Two options emerged. One would require the city to take up to 55 homes. The second alternative involves using 25-35 acres on the City Park Golf Course as a water detention area.
Yep, you guessed it. Golf suffers again.
As reported by the local ABC network affiliate:
The city was considering two low points identified by its engineers, including the golf course and a three-block area in the historic Cole neighborhood. An original proposal would’ve taken up to 55 homes in the Cole Neighborhood but the city has since moved away from that idea.
Since City Park Golf Course has been approved for the flood control project, here are three proposals currently being weighed. Two of them including demolishing and relocating the clubhouse. According to the city, 25-35 acres would be used for detention.
- Option 1 would take out 153 of the 872 trees located on golf course property. It would cause the least disruption to the golf course.
- Option 2 is more extensive and would take out 280 trees.
- Option 3 would remove 246 trees.
Fortunately, golf has its defenders, including those in (formerly) high places. Again, as reported by ABC,
“I’m more than concerned, I’m really upset,” said former Colorado Attorney General JD MacFarlane. “The city in my opinion is trying to grab some property for another purpose that was never intended.”
MacFarlane now plans to fight the project in court. His attorney already sent a notice to Denver’s City Attorney.
“Why did I want to do that, because I thought what the city is doing is wrong,” he said.
So, perhaps golf will prevail, and the up-to-55-homeowners can start building an ark.