Northeast residents unhappy over McCall Lake closure
City says golf course runs a deficit and needs $6.5-million upgrade
A plan to shut down the McCall Lake Golf Course in Calgary's northeast isn't going over well with some residents, who say the area is a valuable green space.
City officials announced the upcoming closure in February. The city plans to sell the course, which it says is running a deficit and needs a $6.5-million upgrade. However, residents say it would be a bad thing for the community.
"There's not a lot of green space here," said Hugh Paul, a local golfer. "This is used by a lot by people, by school children, by retired people like myself. It's great."
A group called Save McCall Lake Golf Course is trying to convince the city to keep the 18-hole course open.
Former Calgary alderman John Schmal is one of the people in that group.
He says the city should try to find a way to keep the course open because closing it would hurt the community.
"That's a sin, in my estimation," he said.
The city has said that municipally-owned courses are taking a hit on Calgary's budget because they are not being used enough.
It is proposing to turn the land into industrial development and a recreational area.
When the course closes in 2014, there will be six city-owned courses left in Calgary, with none in the northeast.