Volunteers rally to improve Glen Lakes Golf Course

Volunteers Phil Erickson, back, and Dave Henriksen paint the picnic tables at Glen Lakes Golf Course at the corner of 55th and Northern Avenues. Volunteers have gathered to help improve the Glendale-owned course, which the city is considering selling rather than paying millions for overdue capital improvements to the course. [Submitted photo]

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.

Zack Haza, right, and sons, from left,: Darold Hinojos, Alexander and Zachariah Jr. pose for a photo while volunteering at Glen Lakes Golf Course. [Jane Bachmann/Special to Independent Newsmedia]
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.

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