Saturday, March 13, 2010

Countryside Golf Course before and after shutdown – Video

Roanoke City says NO

On March 1 in a Tuesday closed session Roanoke City Council made the decision to close the city-owned Countryside Golf Course. The course was purchased in 2005 for $4.1 million in anticipation of developing the property with upscale housing and other mixed-use development. Plans fell through with Toll Brothers and went from bad to worse as the housing bubble burst.

Much has been written about the last five years so there will be no rehash here except to say the destruction of a neighborhood and community amenity is not pretty.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (14)

K & R

March 13th, 2010 at 9:25 PM    

Had sad!! The city sure has moved fast to make it look like an eye sore. I am sure they would not have done this in other areas of the city. Thanks city council for making Northwest look like your plans have called for. We are all soooo sad, but what do you care.


March 13th, 2010 at 10:23 PM    

It’s pretty bad that Roanoke Co spent 30 million on a fitness center/water park two miles away, but the city has wasted so much money on consultants’ studies, the mayors’ monument in Elmwood Park, cicic center exhibit hall, etc. that it can’t afford to keep a vital recreation facilty open!! And don’t forget 8 mil to redo the mkt bldg, 8 mil to redo the Church Ave parking garage and 1.2 mil to “study” an amphitheater.

Becky Johnson (BJ)

March 13th, 2010 at 11:34 PM    

Another sad day in the history of Roanoke City “ownership”. CS will become another Victory Stadium. The city won’t take care of it, and it will become so run down that nothing can be done with it. Wasn’t it just a couple weeks ago that council said it could become a park or used for recreational purposes? Why wait? Why not let the community begin using it now? Let the community use the pavilion for gatherings.

C & J

March 14th, 2010 at 8:50 AM    

I just love the decor now in my neighborhood! Why would anyone want to buy a house here? And our property values?? I think we need to have ours re-assessed!

Joe Sailor

March 14th, 2010 at 10:31 AM    

There is no question about one thing; the council does not listen to the people.

Hundreds of E mails sent, and Thanks to Valerie Garner, and Meadow Brook Management, the CS item was a sure thing; until, literally the last minute when someone on council pulled the plug of an agreement, already made!

While probably hundreds of cities and towns have city owned golf, tennis, swimming, trap and skeet ranges being successfully run for the citizens; then we have the Roanoke City council! What a shame,all it takes is a very brief scan of their record.

CS is really a tragic loss, not only to golfers, but to the homeowners and the rest of Roanoke.

Roanoke can do better!!

Jack King

March 14th, 2010 at 12:12 PM    

Its just heart breaking. Such a beautiful facility now destined to be an overgrown eyesore. To everyone involved in the fight to save CS I salute you for all your efforts. I think we were doomed from the first day the city bought it because you had to look no further than their sorry track record. CS RIP

Teresa Spangler

March 15th, 2010 at 10:20 AM    

I can’t believe they put up no tresspassing signs. I believe our tax dollars bought the golf course and if we want to use it to take walks etc. we should be allowed. It is just crap and the city council doesn’t seem to care what we have to say about it. My property taxes went up again this year, I don’t see how it can be justified when the property values will continue to decline.


March 15th, 2010 at 3:57 PM    

According to what my husband was told by someone in the city this morning, the city “owns very little” of the land. Are you confused?? I certainly am!! I’m confused but not surprised. What happened to the line we were handed by city council about the possibility of it becoming a park, recreational space, etc., even if it isn’t a golf course?

Don McCray

March 15th, 2010 at 5:09 PM    

So sad that the city would let such a beautiful place go to pot. Most cities would die to have a place like Countryside. It would cost millions to build a golf course today and they already have one for almost nothing and would rather watch it turn into another eye sore and waste land than even try and keep something great. Did the city even try and get the county and Salem to join them in some plan to keep the course open for all the Valley? There must be a way if only a few open minded people would make an effort. Where is the business community on this,strangely silent dont you think. With a little brain storming Countryside could become a place visitors would come to the Valley to enjoy and spend much needed money. Come on people get together on this.


March 15th, 2010 at 7:34 PM    


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