Save the UMD Golf Course

Green space is just the beginning

December 12, 2018
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The Diamondback – Alexander Dacy, 12/12/2018

A dozen state legislators sent a letter to University of Maryland Provost Mary Ann Rankin about mounting concerns surrounding the university’s proposal to redevelop part of its golf course into a intramural sports fields, a track and field facility and a parking lot.

“We respectfully request an opportunity for interested community members to come and explain their concerns at the upcoming December 14th meeting of the University Facilities Council,” read the letter, sent on Dec. 7.

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September 4, 2018
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The Diamondback – Jillian Atelsek, 9/3/2018

When the University of Maryland announced in July that it was considering converting part of its 150-acre golf course into new athletic facilities and a parking lot, Norman Starkey steeled himself for an all-too-familiar fight.

Starkey, the chair of the Maryland Golf Course Coalition, said the success of the community activism he oversaw five years ago — after a commercial development firm proposed building an academic village on the property — encouraged him to launch his efforts anew.

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August 16, 2018
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The Washington Post – Luz Lazo, 8/11/2018

For the second time in five years, the University of Maryland is considering repurposing part of its 18-hole golf course for athletic fields — a plan university leaders say is necessary to advance the institution’s growth but critics view as an attempt to tear apart the only championship-caliber public golf course inside the Capital Beltway.

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July 27, 2018
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Current Update

On July 24, 2018, the University of Maryland administration, represented by the VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Linda Clement, and the VP for Administration and Finance, Mr. Carlo Colella, held a meeting at the UofMD GC clubhouse for Friends and Members of the course. The meeting, with 80-90 golf course stakeholders in attendance, was chaired by Mr. Colella. He began with a slideshow presentation of the conclusions of a review process that the University had conducted of “nearly twenty” potential sites for locating a new track and field complex, five intramural fields, and 600 parking spaces.

After this review, which included an assessment of the pro’s and con’s of each potential site, the University chose a portion of the Golf Course to be repurposed to accommodate the above. The University’s Facilities Council will meet in September to consider approval of this singular site. The current repurposing plan calls for Holes 1, 9,10, and 18 to be used. In approximate geographic terms…Hole 18 would be the location of the track and field complex…Holes 1 and 10 would be used for the 5 intramural fields…and Hole 9 would be used for the 600 parking spaces. After Mr. Colella finished his presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes.

July 26, 2018
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During the latter half of 2013, the Maryland Golf Course Coalition (MGCC) worked with local political, community, and environmental leaders to oppose the Greenberg Gibbons concept for re-purposing the Golf Course to an “Academic Village” and building a new access road to the campus. The letter sent by Mr. Gibbons to Dr. Loh on October 23, 2013, stating that “we have no present plans to submit either our concept plan or development proposal to the University,” ended what some folks have labeled as “round one.”

The MGCC remains vigilant for any indication of a potential “round two.” We meet periodically to strategize how to strengthen our network of contacts willing to help us in the future…if required. To that end please contact an MGCC board member if you hear anything about the Golf Course that you feel would be of mutual concern.

[Note: See listing under the “Board Members” tab on this homepage with direct links to personal e-mail addresses.] If you know of an individual or organization that might want to learn more of our past activities or may be helpful to our cause in the future, please inform an MGCC member. Thanks!

October 24, 2013
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Thanks for your Support!

Thanks to the outreach by supporters, including the many politicians (especially Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Jolene Ivey) that came out in opposition to the potential razing of the University of Maryland Golf Course, Greenberg Gibbons has decided to forgo the proposal to build on the course!

On October 23, Brian Gibbons (Chairman & CEO of Greenberg Gibbons) sent a letter to President Loh indicating that his company would begin focusing on the Route 1 Corridor, rather than developing over the course. This is the right course of action to anyone wanting to contribute to easing the traffic woes or improving the retail needs of the University and surrounding communities.

This chapter of potential redevelopment is closed, yes. But that doesn’t mean we will be any less vigilant in keeping this beautiful green space available for years to come.

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Read the letter from Mr. Gibbons to Dr. Loh here.

October 22, 2013
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The Washington Post – Luz Lazo, 10/22

Media outlets including The Washington Post attended the Gansler-Ivey press conference, which brought needed awareness to the development plans. Candidate Gansler called the golf course “an environmental gem” worth protecting and reiterated, as others have said, the need to maintain the space and continue developing along Route 1.

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October 21, 2013
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Press Conference & Meeting – Tues., Oct. 22, 11:00am


Gubernatorial Candidate Team Gansler and Ivey to Express Opposition to Proposed Plan to Destroy University of Maryland
Golf Course for Development

College Park, MD – On October 22, 2013 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Gansler, and his running mate, Jolene Ivey will stand with grassroots coalition members in opposition of proposed plans to demolish part of the University of Maryland Golf Course to make way for the development of retail shops and housing. A press conference will be held at 11 am at the clubhouse of the University of Maryland golf course. Gansler and Ivey will discuss the need for the University to scuttle possible plans to move forward with the unsolicited proposal submitted by developer Greenberg Gibbons. Coalition members from Save the U of MD Golf Course will be present and available for comment.

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