CPRD doing early prep for golf course expansion
Although there is no timetable for construction or funds allocated, the Chehalem Park and Recreation District has begun work to expand Chehalem Glenn Golf Course from 18 to 27 holes.
The board approved an $85,000 contract with course architect John Steidel to design what it terms "third nine" at its April 26 meeting.
According to Superintendent Don Clements, CPRD will also have to resolve some land-use issues before it can proceed with construction, but will need a completed design before it can address them. He also said there is no timeline for either procuring the funds or beginning construction, but that the board wanted to be prepared to move forward when those eventualities come to fruition.
"The board decided to go ahead and do the planning so that we had it when we got ready to move," Clements said. "There may be an opportunity, as Don Loving said, "to do some of the preliminary work in house, but that would be over the next two or three years. Not only design, but we're going to have to bring that to the city and get the county to approve it. There are some land use issues that we'll have to deal with and you can't really do the land use issues without the design work."
Steidel is based out of Kennewick, Wash., and submitted the lowest bid for the project, even after the board opted to put out a request for proposals a second time. He holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of California - Berkeley.
Among the original courses Steidel has designed are the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Pendleton; Riverbend Golf Course in Kent, Wash.; Eaglemont Golf Club in Mount Vernon, Wash.' Apple Tree Golf Club in Yakima, Wash.; Lynnwood Municipal Golf Club in Lynnwood, Wash. He has also remodeled or renovated several courses, including the Coeur d'Alene Golf Course in Idaho and Whitefish Lake Golf Club in Montana.
The original designs for the first and second nine holes were done by Bill Robinson, who has since died. Robinson also did a preliminary layout for the third nine that Steidel will work from.
The general idea is that the second nine, holes 10 through 18, and third nine, holes 19 through 27, will go out and come back on the southern side of Fernwood Road. In order to make two nine-hole loops, hole No. 12 will become No. 10 on the new layout, with hole No. 11 becoming the new No. 18. Hole No. 10 will then become No. 19 or the first hole of the third nine.
Clements said adding a third nine will not only be a boon for course maintenance, but also allow the public to continue using the course when Chehalem Glenn is booked to host tournaments, either for high school and college competition or private fundraisers.
"We recently had to close down the whole course for three days," Clements said. "With the third nine, we wouldn't have to close down the course down. We would go in and service nine holes and keep 18 open. That was the idea."
Board approves pool-use agreement with GFU
The board of directors also approved a contract agreement with George Fox University for use of the new Chehalem Aquatic Center by its new mens and womens swim teams.
The contract is worth $18,000 and will increase by the Portland Oregon Consumer Price Index or 2 percent, whichever is greater, annually beginning Sept. 1, 2019.
The contract permits the Bruins exclusive use of the facility from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Oct. 1 through Feb. 7 of each contract year.