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Mif Albright course may reopen

Submitted by on 1, April 22, 2009 – 5:45 amOne Comment

mif-albrightAlameda’s duffers are celebrating a proposal to reopen the Mif Albright golf course in June, just in time for the Island’s junior golfers to hit the links.

Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant is proposing the city spend $21,000 to fix up the course and make it playable for at least the next six months. Total costs for operating the course, including water and payments to Chuck Corica contractor Kemper Sports to run the course, would be $45,000; the course could earn $69,000 between June to November.

The council would have to vote on reopening the course at its May 5 meeting. As the six months progresses, city staff will work out a more permanent solution for the course.

“I want to thank you very much for your consideration of this interim proposal,” Golf Commission President Jane Sullwold said. “We appreciate there are some difficult problems facing the city of Alameda that require solutions. But it’s clear from the work Ann Marie has done that this is a no-brainer.”

Norma Arnerich, who runs the junior golf program at the nine-hole course, thanked Gallant and Joe Van Winkle, a golfer who put together a financial plan for running the course, for their work.

“I’ve made a schedule for June. I have confidence in you. Hopefully you’ll vote to keep the Par 3 open,” said Arnerich, who had asked the council at its last meeting to open the course for the summer so youths could play there.

Golfers young and old showed up at the City Council’s April 7 meeting to ask the council to retain the Mif Albright course for golf, saying youths and older golfers need the shorter course. Other suggestions for the course included open space, athletic fields and a land swap with developer Ron Cowan.

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