By Jane Bachmann
Special to Independent Newsmedia
A community effort by volunteers has made a difference in sprucing up Glen Lakes Golf Course, a city-owned, nine-hole golf course that is at risk of being sold for development.
In early 2018, Barrel District Councilman Bart Turner advised residents that Glen Lakes needed help from the community. Concerned residents stepped up to volunteer for projects at the golf course, at the corner of 55th and Northern avenues. The first accomplishment was to replace the picnic table tops. Zach Haza and his son got it done in one day. The painting of curbs in the parking lot was completed by the men’s club of St. John’s Lutheran Church another day.
The most recent project, new signage for the driving range, took volunteers several weekends to complete, but the new yardage signs now are installed and are far more visible than before. Phil Erickson of St. John’s got members of his men’s club to help create and install the new signs. A generous donation from the Historic Agricultural Society provided the materials from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store. On installation day, Lowe’s supervisor Patrick Stroud had four of his employees show up to lend their help.
Many volunteers, organizations and businesses have been involved in these projects. This community effort at Glen Lakes has been sponsored by Councilman Turner.
Volunteers want other city officials to take note that they want the city to preserve the course and our volunteers are willing to do even more to help improve the course.
Editor’s note: Jane Bachmann is a co-leader of the Save Glen Lakes group and is a story and photo contributor to the Glendale Daily Planet.
Slide show photos and featured photo above were submitted by Phil Erickson.