Meeting on the future of L.W. Clapp Golf Course held tonight

Clapp Golf Course (KSN File Photo)
Clapp Golf Course (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita officials and the Board of Park Commissioners are asking for public feedback on future renovations of L.W. Clapp Golf Course in southeast Wichita.

As a first step, officials have scheduled a community engagement meeting for 7 p.m. at Boston Recreation Center, 6655 E. Zimmerly.

Bryan Frye, Board of Park Commissioners President, will make a presentation. Frye’s presentation will cover history of rounds played at the course; ideas to revitalize the course; ideas for sustainability; funding options; and a current status of the course.

Frye described today’s meeting as part of an ongoing engagement process with Clapp-area residents, property owners and other stakeholders, encouraging more residents to weigh in on the future of the aging course, which is more than 60 years old.

“It’s critical to hear from more people,” Frye said. “No decisions have been made.”

During the 2010 budget process, City officials proposed closing L.W. Clapp Golf Course in 2011.

Wichita, District III and neighborhood residents voiced their opinions at public meetings held by the Board of Park Commissioners, resulting in the golf course remaining open.

In May, a presentation was made to the District III Advisory Board and, in June, to the neighborhood association. Proposed renovations will provide an additional revenue stream, along with a more player-friendly golf course.

Open discussion will follow the presentation.

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