Nine Springs hearing set for Thursday

Residents asked to weigh in on alternatives
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

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


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