Commission To Decide If Shawnee County Should Be In The Golf Business

By: 13 News Staff
By: 13 News Staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Parks and Recreation will go before Commission Thursday morning to decide whether funding should continue to all three golf courses in Topeka.

The County Board of Commissioners will decide if Cypress Ridge, Lake Shawnee and Forbes golf courses should receive funding through a tax subsidy.

Commission must decide if the courses generate more money than it takes to maintain them and if golf has more value than other recreational activities.

Parks and Recreation compiled data supporting the argument that yes, all three of the courses do those things.

"A lot of people who think that golf courses ought to completely pay for themselves - nothing in Parks and Recreation completely pays for themselves," Parks and Recreation Director John Knight said. "It produces more and recovers more of its revenues than ball diamonds, than swimming pools, than community centers, than trails."

The decision will be made April 4.


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