Mapping The Future Of Park Hill Golf Course
By Georgia Garnsey, Special to the GPHN Oct 2, 2017
I’ve served on the Park Hill Golf Course Citizen’s Advisory Committee over the past year representing the parks advocacy group City Park Friends and Neighbors. Other members of the committee include residents from around the Park Hill Golf Course, from Park Hill and Elyria-Swansea. There are representatives from registered neighborhood organizations, ministers, and our city councilman Chris Herndon. It’s a diverse group. Charlotte Brantley, the president of Clayton Early Learning Center, leads all the meetings.
Clayton is a nonprofit serving children up to 5 years of age and especially children who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford such a rich educational experience. Clayton is a wonderful institution worthy of the community’s support, and the community has supported it. Clayton’s major source of revenue is state and federal grants.
Clayton started the “visioning process” with our committee because the current golf course operator will not renew its lease when it expires on Dec. 31, 2018. Brantley stated that Clayton needed to receive $24 million for the golf course, which they own as part of Mr. Clayton’s initial bequest in 1900. Currently, the PHGC land is effectively subject to a conservation easement through 2099 that ensures the land is used only for the Golf Course and related activities. The city paid the trust $2 million in 1997 for the conservation easement.