DENVER (CBS4) – Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb is asking people who live in Denver to fight the sale of the Park Hill Golf Course. Denver investment firm Westside Investment Partners has agreed to buy the 155-acre property.
Webb send out this plea in a statement on Monday, “It is with great disappointment, but not surprising, the announcement of the potential sale of the Park Hill Golf Course. As our city has transformed drastically in the last few years, we cannot allow this precious open space to become another casualty of development.”
The Park Hill Golf Course at 35th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard is managed by Clayton Early Learning. The nonprofit serves low-income children. It is planning to sell to Westside Investment Partners on July 11. Clayton Early Learning said the property used to be a source of significant yearly income, but when revenues at the golf course started to decline the owner started considering selling the property.
Webb added more park and open space than any Denver mayor. He said residents who oppose the sale have been contacting him for months asking him for help because elected officials are not listening.
“This council has an opportunity to speak for the constituents and listen to their concerns about our city’s changing landscape. It’s not too late to save this green space,” he said.
Some people say a golf course shouldn’t count as open space. Andy Klein with Westside Investment Partners pointed to the Loretto Heights development that has held several community meetings to guide future development while preserving historic buildings and a cemetery. A similar approach would be taken with the Park Hill Golf Course.
The developers hope to build a substantial park with some development around it. Their pitch to the community is that it would serve more of the community than a golf course. An incoming city council that isn’t fond of development will need to be persuaded. A conservation agreement for the property would require city approval for any development or change to the golf course.
“Send your city council members your thoughts about maintaining and preserving this space as open space,” Webb said.