Nine Springs hearing set for Thursday

Residents asked to weigh in on alternatives
By: 
Mark Ignatowski

Residents have one more chance to help the Parks Commission shape the alternative plans for Nine Springs Golf Course this week.

A public comment period is slated for at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Council Chambers at Fitchburg City Hall.

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.

The biggest option is between having a 3-hole golf course and practice area or a 9-hole disc golf course and practice area. Commissioners will use public comments to make a final selection at the meeting Thursday.

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 city held two public meetings this past summer and fall to gather input on what the 36-acres park should be used for going forward. Comments were also gathered at the February Park Commission meeting and alders discussed the plan at a February Committee of the Whole meeting.

Thursdays meeting will ask residents what they’d like to have the Commission present as alternatives to the 9-hole golf course later this year, not whether they’d like a golf course or some alternative.

A full map of the alternative options can be found at bit.ly/NineSpringsMP

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 decision 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, March 6

Where: Council Chambers at Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road

Info: bit.ly/NineSpringsMP

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