LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Members of the Metro Board want to clarify who decides the future of city-owned golf courses.

A new ordinance could give the Metro Council the final say, after conversations around Cherokee Park sparked some controversy.

Back when the city put out a request for proposals to find a PGA professional to manage the Cherokee Park golf course, The Olmsted Parks Conservancy responded.

Olmsted’s ideas included using the space for more walking paths, trees and wildflowers, as well as adding pedal boats and kayaks to Willow Pond and possibly transforming the existing golf club. in restaurants.

The idea of ​​completely replacing the course has caused some controversy.

The Cherokee Golf Course is not closing and a new ordinance would require council approval before closing or reassigning a golf course in the city.

“Basically, if they put out a tender [request for proposal] it’s for a golf course and not for any other purpose of closing or repurposing the land, so it just clarifies that language,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, D-14.

The city is still looking for someone to manage the Cherokee Park Golf Course. Another change means it could be private, sole proprietorship or not-for-profit.

Fowler said multiple offers have been submitted. The window to submit a proposal closes next week.

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