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Closing of Normandy Oaks, Park Utilization Survey on the Agenda

The Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Advisory Board meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in Royal Oak.

At the top of the list of priorities is a picnic pavilion at Memorial Park.
At the top of the list of priorities is a picnic pavilion at Memorial Park.
On the agenda when the Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Advisory Board meets Thursday is the closing of Normandy Oaks Golf Course, the park utilization survey and a list of park improvement priorities.

[Read: Wish List For Royal Oak Parks is a Long One]

City Manager Don Johnson told the Royal Oak City Commission at its strategic planning session in January that the financial viability of Normandy Oaks  – one of two nine-hole municipal golf courses in the city  – is simply unsustainable.

"If we open, we'll probably have to subsidize it," Johnson said. "The long-term decision we have to make is whether we sell it."

The city has a provision in its ordinances that states the land has to be maintained for recreation use, according to the city manager.

"The only way we could do anything else or sell it would be to put it on the ballot," Johnson said.

The board will also review the criteria used to determine why eight parks in the city were deemed underused parks. The list includes:

A city-wide survey conducted in 2013 showed 47 percent of residents were open to selling less-used parks to improve parks that are used more often, while 25 percent were opposed and another 28 percent were unsure or needed more information.

Public comment is welcome at the beginning of the meeting.

If you go


  • What:  Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Advisory Board
  • When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Mahany/Meininger Senior Center, 3500 Marais
Matt Turner February 06, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Sell Bassett to commercial or real estate developers with a solid plan. The park is barely used at all and is now located on a busy intersection.
The Duke of Royal Oak February 06, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Leave all parks and Normandy Oak's Golf course alone. This is a CHEAP attempt by the city. Ellison wanted to sell city hall at one time too. Perhaps we can sell the whole city to Clawson!
Brian C February 06, 2014 at 02:31 PM
What's the projection for how much the city will have to pay to subsidize Normandy Oaks this year?
Mike Ripinski February 06, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Brian - Come tonight and we will try to find out. City Manager will be there.
Joey K. February 06, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Close and sell Normandy Oaks. There will be enough money to fix up and make the Royal Oak course profitable, fix up the rest of our parks, and I bet some leftover for that downtown park and splash pad that has been talked about.

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