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Council to consider “Save Muny” resolution

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

A group of citizens is asking City Council to sign a resolution in support of adding the Lions Municipal Golf Course, fondly known as “Muny,” to the National Register of Historic Places. Council Member Leslie Pool said in a work session on Tuesday that members of the Save Muny group plan to attend Thursday’s Council meeting and speak on the resolution, scheduled for 11 a.m. The resolution states, in part, that the golf course is of local and national significance, “especially as the first municipal course in the South to desegregate.” In an email, Save Muny’s Bob Ozer said that Council’s resolution would add weight to the group’s nomination application, particularly because the 1950-’51 City Council, “especially Mayor Taylor Glass and Council Member Emma Long, were actually actors in the desegregation.” The city has leased the course, located on land owned by the University of Texas, since 1936. In 2011, the UT Board of Regents told the city that the lease wouldn’t be renewed when it expires in 2019. Last month, the State Board of Review voted 8-1 to recommend that the state historic preservation officer forward the nomination to the register for final approval. Save Muny members have said they hope the listing would increase pressure on UT leadership to preserve the course.

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