ROCKFORD (WREX) — Sinnissippi Golf Course appears to be off the Rockford Park District chopping block–for now.
In a news release, the park district says the board of commissioners will request to hold off on any decision regarding closing a golf course for one more year.
The district cites an outpouring of support from the community that helped sway commissioners into reconsidering the closure of the course. A grassroots group of concerned citizens created a “Save Sinnissippi Golf Course” Facebook group and came out in force to numerous community meetings regarding the potential closure.
“Citizens are asking for more time to help be a part of the solution regarding the District’s current financial challenges and we are listening,” said Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners President Ian Linnabary. “Based on the outpouring of support, we have asked the District to hold off for one more year on any decisions regarding closing a golf course.”
There will be a news conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sinnissippi where additional information will be provided regarding the board’s request along with next steps in the district’s budget process.
The park district is facing a $1.2 million budget deficit for 2020 and the closure of Sinnissippi was one of three primary recommendations made to the board of commissioners along with the suspension of operations at the Snow Park at Alpine Hills and the suspension of operations at Alpine Pool.