Friends and Members of the University of Maryland Golf Course
As you are most likely aware, a local commercial real estate developer (Greenberg Gibbons) has been in active discussions with Dr. Wallace Loh, the President of the University of Maryland, as well as with members of the Board of Regents (BOR) and state and local politicians to gain support for a proposal that potentially would lead to the demolition of the UMD Golf Course. Please take note of the attached letter (PDF file), dated July 8, that Dr. Loh sent to Mr. Brian Gibbons, CEO of Greenberg Gibbons. I have highlighted the key sentence therein.
In the intervening two months a subcommittee of the Friends of the University of Maryland Golf Course, called the Maryland Golf Course Coalition (MGCC), has been reaching out to local and state politicians, community leaders, environmentalists, University administrators, BOR members, and persons we deem as “influential” to express our opposition to any development proposal that would directly impact the existing acreage of the golf course. The MGCC has emphasized the point that an open process has not been used to involve key stakeholders in the decision making process. Of particular note is the fact that Dr. Loh and Mr. Gibbons have been actively touting this proposal for many months.
You are cordially invited to attend a public meeting with the MGCC members on Thursday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the golf course clubhouse William L. Thomas banquet room. The agenda will be to:
- recap what we have learned to date;
- outline how you can help in our opposition to this proposal; and
- answer your questions.
I encourage you to attend this critical meeting. My understanding is that within the next few months, a decision by the University will be made on whether or not to proceed with the proposal “to repurpose some of University’s golf course” (phraseology taken from Dr. Loh’s letter to Mr. Gibbons).