First peek at golf course pro­posal

Hale Ir­win listed as pro­ject ad­viser

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

Den­ver of­fi­cials this week an­nounced which firms have been picked for con­sid­er­a­tion to re­design the City Park Golf Course and its fa­cil­i­ties, re­leas­ing a sketch of plans for the site and lay­ing out what it will of­fer golfers.

If plans are ap­proved, the course will be de­signed by ar­chi­tect/de­signer iConGolf Stu­dio with golf de­sign ad­viser Hale Ir­win. Saun­ders Con­struc­tion with Aspen Cor­po­ra­tion will han­dle the re­work­ing, and club­house ar­chi­tect John­son Nathan Strohe will also con­trib­ute to the pro­ject.

The rec­om­men­da­tions now head to Den­ver City Coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion and follow a col­lab­o­ra­tive, nine-month selec­tion process that of­fi­cials say was driven by a panel of city staff and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as well as golf and tech­ni­cal ex­perts.

“The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a rec­om­mended City Park Golf Course Re­design team is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in this im­por­tant pro­ject,” Happy Haynes, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Den­ver Parks and Re­cre­ation, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “The pro­posal de­vel­oped by the Saun­ders de­sign/build team will al­low the City to de­liver a pro­ject that re­duces flood risks in nearby neigh­bor­hoods, while en­sur­ing City Park Golf Course con­tin­ues to be one of Den­ver’s crown jew­els for years to come.”

The golf course’s re­design comes as a re­sult of the city’s plans for Platte to Park Hill storm drainage pro­jects. A plan to re­grade the western por­tion of the course to cre­ate a deeper storm de­ten­tion area is one of four ma­jor pro­jects, and con­struc­tion is ex­pected to close the course from late 2017 to 2019.

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