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New course of action for Hancock
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
According to a memo from Parks and Recreation Department Acting Director Kimberly McNeeley, changes are coming to Hancock Golf Course. Though McNeeley assures Mayor Steve Adler and City Council that the department has every intention of continuing operation of the historic course, her Nov. 15 memo explains that “while recent changes have improved the course’s overall operations, revenue continues to fall short” – to the tune of about $125,000 annually. She writes that to reduce costs, the course will implement automated pay stations Monday through Thursday, with the pro shop open only on weekends and holidays. Going forward, “The Department will continue to monitor this operation change and look for other revenue generating opportunities to improve the overall health of the Golf Enterprise Fund.” McNeeley notes that no full-time city employees will be impacted by the change, but “every effort” will be made to use temporary workers impacted by the change at other parks facilities.
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