Could Lakewood soon manage the nine-hole golf course at Fort Steilacoom Park?
That’s what the Lakewood City Council talked about this week during a discussion of how to spend tourism dollars. The Fort Steilacoom golf course is owned by the state but managed by Pierce County.
The 2010 budget that City Manager Andrew Neiditz will propose to Lakewood leaders includes $15,000 for a feasibility study on the prospect of taking over the lease.
Councilwoman Claudia Thomas said she likes the idea, adding that if the course is in Lakewood, the city should run it.
Neidtiz said he believes the golf course could be improved, and it’s in the city’s best interest to have it open, even as golf courses across the country are having trouble financially.
According to the Pierce County Web site, the course is built on 105 acres next to Western State Hospital. The state Department of Natural Resources owns the land. The state asked Pierce County to manage the site in 1971, and the agreement last until 2005.
The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to begin discussing the golf course study and the rest of the budget Monday.
I’m still waiting to speak to someone at Pierce County. Check this weekend’s newspaper for full story.