Save the UMD Golf Course

Green space is just the beginning

October 28, 2014
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Reminder for 2014

Last year 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 recently met to discuss the lessons learned from last year’s effort and 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 last year’s 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.

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

MEDIA ADVISORY:

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.

October 17, 2013
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The Diamondback – Natalie Tomlin, 10/17

Journalism major, Diamondback contributor, and University of Maryland student Natalie Tomlin reports on the proposed development project and the reaction that has resulted from it. Although little headway has been made in a proposed redevelopment of the university golf course, officials and a local developer are receiving strong backlash from opponents.
Read the full article here.

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