DENVER (CBS4)– The neighborhood surrounding City Park Golf Course is concerned about plans to create a storm water detention pond.
The areas of concern include the golf course property at York and 26th Avenue and the Cole Neighborhood where a 10-foot deep retention pond will be built. It would be incorporated into the golf course landscape.
“If they can do that and keep the integrity of the golf course, I’d be for it,” said Denver resident Bill Knobbe.
The City of Denver said the proposal does not include shrinking the golf course but the clubhouse may be relocated.
“This is a good golf course, it’s right in the city, it’s got views of the mountains,” said Mike Knobbe.
The motive behind the proposal is a desire to reduce flooding in the Northeast Denver neighborhood.
Some residents of the Cole Neighborhood claim the plan includes demolishing dozens of homes.
“Cole Neighborhood is a low income neighborhood. Those neighborhoods have taken enough of the brunt for the development in the city and we feel it is unjust to have their homes torn down,” said Denver resident Bridget Walsh.
The City of Denver told CBS4 that only three properties might need to be removed and those include industrial and commercial properties.
There are also concerns that 250 trees may be cut down as part of the plan. Denver Public Works told CBS4 that about 150 small trees located in the interior of the golf course may be impacted.
A recommendation from city leaders will be presented to the public in early April.