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January 17, 2019
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University’s Repurposing Proposal for its Golf Course – Current Status

On July 24th, 2018, the University of Maryland’s Vice President for Administration and Finance, Mr. Carlo Colella, publicly released a repurposing proposal for the Golf Course. During the next five months the Maryland Golf Course Coalition (MGCC) actively opposed this proposal.

On behalf of the MGCC, I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to those who took the time to sign our online petition, write letters or send emails to, or call University administrators expressing your viewpoint about the proposal.

Our collective efforts, in concert with those of local political, community, and environmental leaders, proved effective as evidenced by actions taken by the University’s Facilities Council at a meeting on December 14th, 2018. This meeting, which was not open to the public, was Chaired by the University’s Provost, Dr. Mary Ann Rankin.

The following significant outcomes of this meeting have been made known.

An action item on the agenda requesting approval to endorse further study of the repurposing proposal was not voted on. The Chair and other members of the Facilities Council posed numerous questions to the Vice President of Administration and Finance and his Facilities Planning staff. As a result of these interactions the presenters were directed by the Chair to come back to a future Facilities Council meeting (no date was set for this) with a better thought out proposal for what a study should look like and one that addressed many of the questions that were asked.

Based on the above outcome of this meeting, for now, the repurposing proposal as originally proposed has not been accepted and the schedule for further consideration by the Facilities Council has not yet been determined.

I can assure you that the MGCC’s wide network of Golf Course stakeholders stand ready to once again oppose any future repurposing proposal that threatens the 150 acres of treasured green-space known to us as the championship caliber, eighteen hole University of Maryland Golf Course.

I thank you for your continued active involvement in such efforts and extend my best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019!

Norm Starkey

Chair, Maryland Golf Course Coalition (MGCC)

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

Read the full article here.

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