Friends of Patrick Eagan Park

Letters to the Editor

Eagan Sun-Current
Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Eagan ThisWeek
Saturday, January 19, 2002

Reader Calls For End of Golf Study

To the editor:

The City of Eagan should stop pursuing building a championship golf course for central Eagan. It is clear after recent revelations that discontinuing the effort is in the best interest of the city. Here is a list of stakeholders and how dropping the golf course idea will positively impact them:

  • Taxpayers: Their tax dollars will not be wasted on subsidizing a local business to the tune of $10.8 million.

  • Local landowners: They will no longer have to worry about moratoriums and condemnation of their land.

  • All residents who rely on the study area for storm water drainage: They can rest easy because Patrick Eagan Park will continue to act as a holding basin for storm water run off. There will be no need to send the run off down to the next lake when we have the next "100 year" storm.

  • Patrick Eagan Park users: The threat to this natural wonder will be over.

  • Eagan's school children: Work to develop a nature center in Patrick Eagan Park can continue, which will offer unique learning opportunities to our kids.

  • Eagan's golfers: This group surely does not expect the city to subsidize its sport and will continue to have great access to the three courses in town. The new D.R. Horton proposal should provide the opportunity to build a course that makes financial sense.

I call on the city to end this exercise now and save the taxpayers'time and money for better causes.

David Dykes

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