Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sligo Creek Golf Course Meeting at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

In a meeting at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center organized by the North Hills of Sligo Civic Association, representatives of MSI and an advocate of disc golf made presentations of possible reuses of the golf course. The individual who was to talk about community gardens did not attend. Golf course issues were not discussed.

MSi suggested the establishment of six soccer fields, covering approximately 1/3 of the 65 acre space. Four artificial turf fields would be lighted and sited along the beltway, away from residential properties. There would be two natural turf soccer fields along Sligo Creek Parkway, near the parking lot.

Brad Beeson, a disc golf aka Frisbee golf advocate, suggested an 18 or 27 “hole” disc golf course, alongside an arboretum with public art.

Community questions focused on lighting and traffic impacts of the recommendations, storm water management, financing, youth activities, and preservation of open and green space.

About 40 people attended the session, including Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, State Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, and Friends of Sligo Creek President Bruce Sidwell. Residents of the Woodside Forest and Park Hills also attended. Representatives of the Parks Department were also present.

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