WSU Plans Forum on Golf Course Expansion

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University has scheduled a community forum on the proposed expansion of WSU’s Golf Course for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Auditorium.
T.L. “Les” Purce, vice president, Extended University Affairs, will open the program with a presentation on the history of the proposal and information and opinions received during a series of meetings with individuals, campus and community groups over the past several months.
Purce, Tim McCarty, CUB director and senior administrator for the golf course, and Marcia Garrett, EUA executive assistant for administration, have appeared before campus arboretum and land use committees, Faculty Senate, and city and civic organizations, including the Pullman school board, to explain the concept and seek opinions.
The proposition to expand the university course from 9 to 18 holes originated with a group of community leaders meeting with President Sam Smith. The Trillium Corp. of Bellingham donated preliminary design services for the project.
Purce said the project has continued to evolve to a current concept that includes multiple recreation use, protection of existing park and natural areas, incorporating academic use and the confirmation that no state funds be used for the estimated $2.5 million expansion.
All members of the university and community are invited to attend the forum and make comments on the proposal.
Purce is expected to make a presentation of the project to the Board of Regents meeting in Pullman Jan. 16.