Park Commission to review Nine Springs alternatives Thursday


A draft of the Nine Springs park alternatives presented for public comment Thursday, Feb. 6.
By: 
Mark Ignatowski

The City of Fitchburg is looking for public input on alternative options for Nine Springs Golf Course this week.

The alternatives will be part of the park master plan if the city decides to no longer operate the golf course. Alternatives include a few golf holes, a disc golf course, playground areas, soccer fields and basketball courts, and a natural area.

A public comment period will be held during the Park Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Council Chambers at Fitchburg City Hall.

“All interested parties and Fitchburg community members are welcome to attend this public meeting and provide written or verbal comment on the preferred park master plan alternative,” the city said in a news release.

The city held two public meetings this past summer and fall to gather input on what the 36-acre park should be used for going forward. Nearly 60 people – many of whom were vocal supporters of the course – attended the first meeting last summer.

Thursday's meeting will ask residents what they’d like to have the Commission present as alternatives to the 9-hole golf course later this year.

A full map of the alternative options can be found by clicking here.

The biggest option is between having a 3-hole golf course and practice area or a 9-hole disc golf course and practice area.

Other highlights include:

• A 5.5 acre Ecological Education, Conservation and Restoration Area

• Play equipment areas

• Community gathering space

• A soccer field

• Connections to local and regional multi-use trails

The alternative plan will be presented to the Common Council as a Committee of the Whole item for discussion on Feb. 26.

The council will vote to approve an alternative plan along with a plan for the current golf course on March 25. The city is slated to make a descison on the recommended use in May.

Questions about the plan can be directed to park director Scott Endl at 270-4288.

If you go
What: Nine Springs park alternatives meeting
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
Where: Council Chambers at Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road
Info: bit.ly/NineSpringsMP

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