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Woodridge Park District to Present Strategic Plan for Golf Course

Village and park district officials are scheduled to discuss a five-year plan and intergovernmental lease agreement for Village Greens of Woodridge golf course during the village board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Woodridge Park District officials will present a five-year strategic plan to the village board Thursday, assessing the future viability of Village Greens of Woodridge golf course.

The presentation will preface the finalization of a long-term lease agreement between the two governmental bodies. The agreement would permit continued management of the golf course by Woodridge Park District.

The Woodridge Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Werch Board Room at Village Hall, located at 5 Plaza Drive.

According to the park district, the five-year strategic plan being presented to the village board Thursday night is the result of efforts by park district staff to “facilitate a clear vision for the highest and best use of our municipal golf course and to structure the optimum management model to ensure that a valuable recreation amenity can be provided to the citizens on a basis that is fiscally self-sustaining.”

To view the five-year strategic plan in its entirety, click here.

Background on Woodridge’s municipal golf course

Village Greens of Woodridge, a 115 acre, 18-hole golf course located at 1575 W. 75th Street, was purchased through referendum in 1972 to provide outdoor recreation, open space and flood control facilities for the village. The golf course is managed by the Woodridge Park District through an intergovernmental agreement that has been in place since 1997.

In August, village staff recommended the evaluation of land-use options and potential financial investment needed to improve and maintain the golf course, which is currently in need of, among other things, a new irrigation system and maintenance facility.

“The staff is recommending this step as a means to be prudent,” said Village Administrator Kathleen Rush in August. “We want to ensure that, prior to making a significant investment in the golf course, the Village Board has sufficient data and an opportunity to weigh options and input received from the community.”

michael huber January 09, 2013 at 12:56 PM
The Park District and golf course management have demonstrated exceptional stewardship in developing the 5 year plan.I suppot the plan and hope others will at the Village Board Meeting.
Rob Weiss January 09, 2013 at 01:08 PM
The park district has done an excellent job of managing the golf course facility. The village board is quite fotunate to have people like Brandon Evans and Mike Adams who dedicate themselves to the park districts mission.
Michael Axe January 09, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Sell the property to a big box who generates sales taxes so the property taxes can be lowered. The golf course does not even support it ownself with the number of golf rounds it sells per year. Enough already. I am tired of all of the elected officials and government employees spending our hard earned money. They need to get into the real word and see how things are done.
Rob Weiss January 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Mr Axe, You are misinformed. No property tax dollars have ever been used to support the Village greens golf course. The golf course is supported solely on its own budget from revenues generated from greens fees, pro shop sales and food and beverage services. The Village of Woodridge does not contribute to the golf facilities budget.
Rob Weiss January 09, 2013 at 11:50 PM
On Thursday Jan 10, 2013 the Village of Woodridge Park District will present its strategic long term plan for the Village Greens Of Woodridge Golf course. This morning Mike Huber one of the committeeman from Keep the Village Green spoke to Mayor Murphy. The mayor informed Mike that the lease will be in the hands of the park district on Friday Jan. 11, 2013. After 30 days, the lease if accepted by both parties will culminate in the management of the golf course facility remaining with the park district for 25 years. This is a step in the right direction to assure the future of Village Greens of Woodridge will continue to provide residents and our surrounding neighbors who patronize the golf couse, the "best value for golf in the Chicagoland area". We would like to thank the village board and the village park district for their hard work in getting this plan moving forward. Also, we would like to thank the members and supporters of the "Keep the Village Green" organization for their involvement in keeping the pressure on our elected officials to assure that the golf course never falls into the hands of developers. Rob Weiss Keep the Village Green

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