Germantown leaders favor city purchase of Germantown Country Club for passive use

By Updated: February 09, 2019 1:38 PM CT | Published: February 09, 2019 11:55 AM CT

The consensus at a Saturday work session of the Germantown Parks and Recreation Commission was that the city should purchase Germantown Country Club, which announced last month it would close the end of February.

Commission members met with authors of the city’s Master Parks Plan. All but one member said the city should purchase the country club.

The group included about 20 people.

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The comments will go to the Board of Aldermen to help that body decide the city's best course of action for the property. The comments will also be an addendum to the city's parks master plan, adopted last year.

Saturday's session was designed to discuss whether the city should purchase the club and, if so, potential uses. The city has more 500 acres in developed park and also owns portions of the Wolf River Conservancy, according to Pam Beasley, Parks and Recreation director.

“The Germantown Country Club 180 acres for sale was not on the radar screen for any potential park or public use (when the plan was established),” Beasley said. “The question for today is should the City of Germantown seek to acquire the Germantown Country Club property for public use.”

The options for use presented were active, passive, passive with some golf operations and a hybrid that would have some development.

The authors and commission members placed sticker dots on the various options. Nine chose the passive parks plan, which they said could include tennis courts as well as large green space and a playground.

Six people chose the active plan, which would bring most of the soccer in the city to a central location and house tennis courts. It would have bike and pedestrian uses and preserve the flood plain, but would need more parking and could create more traffic.

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Five people chose the hybrid. Chris Camp, president of Nashville-based Lose Design and one of the session’s facilitators, said the developments could be any kind of the development. Mayor Mike Palazzolo previously told residents that if the site has housing, it will be single family residential. Commission members and park authors suggested there could be restaurants and small homes.

Only five people said the country club should continue golf operations.

“This is not an unusual phenomenon here in Germantown; this is happening all across the country,” Camp said. “We are not master-planning this property … This is good for Germantown, and there are a lot of good reasons.”

The city has been collecting public comments for about two weeks, and the city received 176 responses. Beasley said 156 people said the city should purchase the property but 69 did not say how it should be transformed. Twenty-five people said it should be a passive park. Forty-seven respondents wanted to see the golf and passive use and six favored the active use. Nine responses were for hybrid use.

At the end of the event, Parks and Recreation Chairman Kevin Young asked the 16 citizens in attendance to rise if they were in favor of the city's purchase of the golf course. All stood except one.


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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a May 2018 graduate of the University of Memphis.  She has worked for several local publications and has covered Germantown since May 2018.

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