Wichita Park's Commission votes down request to sell part of public golf course

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WICHITA -- Wichita's Park Commissioners met Monday afternoon to vote on the request to sell 2 acres of L.W. Clapp Golf Course.

After several Wichitans shared their concerns about the sale, the board unanimously voted, 7-0 to decline the request that came from the city's Golf Advisory Board.

Their hope was to sell 2 acres on the southeast corner of golf course to help chip away at the millions of dollars of debt created by the public golf courses.

Several golfers, neighbors and community members shared why the partial sale would create a problem. Golfers didn't want the course layout to be changed, many neighbors shared concerns about losing green space, but the biggest issue that most people were concerned about was crime.

People brought up the fact that there was an informal offer from a convenience store to buy the 2 acres. They said it would create a dangerous environment and bring more crime to the neighborhood at night.

"Now east of the park there is both a high concentration of gang activity and incidents of crime," said concerned citizen, Cindy Renard.

"I challenge any of you to walk at night up Terrace north of Lincoln, you won't do it," added John Stevens of Wichita.

The parks board said they will go back to the golf advisory committee to try to figure out a different plan.

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