Abandoned Golf Course May Become Detroit's Newest Park

- The City of Detroit said on Tuesday that it will close all three of its municipal golf courses unless a new contract is reached.

Both Rouge Park and Rackham golf courses are located in the city, while Rackham Golf Course is lcoated in Huntington Woods.

"A new park here that is here, an active program park, for the neighborhood, that will connect to some of the natural features", Arthur Jemison, of the city's Housing and Revitalization Department, said.

A city official told the Free Press the request will be referred today to a council committee for discussion at a later date.

If approved by City Council, Detroit would implement plans that include nature trails connecting to the planned Rouge River Greenway, future development along the Seven Mile frontage and a green stormwater infrastructure project.

In August 2014, after record-shattering rainfall, about 6,000 homes in Northwest Detroit reported flooding, according to the mayor's office.

Purchase of the land would be made possible through existing federal funding.

The golf course was closed in 2013 and was later bought by Greater Grace Temple Church.

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