ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Rockford Park District faces a massive budget deficit. To help close the gap, the district is looking at possibly closing Sinnissippi Golf Course. That has some golfers concerned.
“If this park closes, then that’s 15 rounds of golf that are going to get played at the county courses instead of here at my favorite course, which is Sinnissippi,” said golfer Steve Weber.
The Park District is facing a deficit of $1.2 million. The Park District Board of Commissioners is considering some recommendations to bring that deficit down. One would be closing the golf course.
“I think it’s really unfortunate,” said golfer Arnaud Brisard. “I mean obviously, this is a really nice golf course with a lot of history and the thought of not being able to come here again is really sad.”
The park district asked taxpayers for their top priorities when it comes to funding. It says taxpayers want less of their money funding golf courses. The organization is also considering suspending operations at Snow Park at Alpine Hills and Alpine Pool.
“The recommendation comes from really looking at the data and looking at the numbers of play and play at Sinnissippi is down 32 percent from last year, which was down,” said Rockford Park District Superintendent of Operations Dan Jacobson.
A final decision about these recommendations, and a tax levy, will be made by board members at a meeting on Nov. 19.