Excellent article Mari.
A few more thoughts: Of the 5 city golf courses, El Rio Golf Course loses by far the most money each year. It would make sense from a fiscal standpoint to stop the bleeding at El Rio Golf Course even if converting it to a park weren't a consideration.
Silverbell Golf Course is nearby and tends to pay its own way financially. It will be even more profitable if El Rio golfers were go to play there and some of them would if they couldn't play at El Rio.
Golf is available to those who can afford to pay the cost. Parks are a service provided to residents for free. Parks are a service provided to city residents just like having firefighters is a service. No one asks if the Fire Dept. lost money last year because they are not set up to make money. Golf is set up as an enterprise fund and is supposed to at least break even.
Parks use far less water than golf for the same amount of land. Golf courses use on average 500 acre feet of water each year. That's 162,000,000 gallons. Yes that's millions of gallons.
Make El Rio a park, complete the dream!
Tony, Sky Bar's owner, is a forward thinking guy when it comes to solar panels but he and his business deserve to be boycotted for taking down the "We Reject Racism" sign. Apparently they do not reject racism. Come on y'all do you or don't you?
oops I meant loan star
Well this article just about sums it up. Modern street car vs little golf carts. Loan shark vs public servant. No idea about the budget vs leveraged private sector investment. I know who I am voting for.
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