Normandy Oaks Task Force Town Hall Meeting
Nearly 200 citizens attended the Normandy Oaks Town Hall Meeting at the Mahany/Meininger Senior/Community Center on July 9. Mayor Jim Ellison and City Manager Don Johnson answered dozens of questions regarding the 50-acre golf course and the plan to redevelop it into a city park.
If you missed the meeting, you can watch it July 10 at 5 p.m. on WROK. It will re-air on the city's municipal access cable station every Thursday in July at 5 p.m.
Citizens who could not attend are also encouraged to share thoughts and ideas regarding the site by taking a survey.
(Note: The Town Hall meeting results do not include input from the online survey.)
More about the Normandy Oaks Task Force
The Normandy Oaks Task Force will present a special town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on July 9 at the Mahany/Meininger Center, 3500 Marais, to offer its recommendations and receive public input on the 50-acre public golf course.
Why a task force?
On March 17, the Royal Oak City Commission voted to establish the five-member Normandy Oaks Task Force to explore the city-owned property and give careful consideration to repurposing and/or selling all or a portion of the nine-hole public golf course, which is not generating enough revenue to cover its operating costs.
The task force findings include:
- A golf course is not the highest and best use for the property.
- Leasing the property to Oakland County for a county park is not in the best interest of the citizens of Royal Oak.
- Part of the property should be sold to pay for developing the remainder of the property and making improvements to the Royal Oak Golf Course and other city parks, which requires approval of the voters.
Citizens invited to give input
At a July 9 Town Hall meeting, the public was invited to talk about what they want at this facility. The committee is already considering including a walking/biking trail, two soccer fields, picnic shelters, a nature area, a splash pad, a sled/exercise hill, and parking. Selling about 10 acres of the 50-acre golf course would support development of such a park without requiring any other funding.
The five members of the Normandy Oaks Task Force were appointed and confirmed at the April 7 city commission meeting. They are:
- Jim Ellison, Mayor and Task Force Chairman
- Michael Fournier, Commissioner, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
- Sharlan Douglas, Commissioner
- Michael Ripinski, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
- Amanda Klein, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
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