A coalition of community groups, labour organizations and neighbourhood activists will appear before city councillors on Tuesday to request public consultations about the possible sale or lease of financially troubled city golf courses.
In October, the city put out an expression of interest to see if anyone wants to purchase or take over the long-term leases of seven city-owned golf courses, including the Canoe Club, Crescent Drive, Harbour View, John Blumberg, Kildonan Park, Tuxedo and Windsor Park golf courses.
The move came several months after city auditors discovered the courses have racked up large debt and suggested Winnipeg sell some of its courses or convert them into parks.
Environmental group Save our Seine has voiced concerns Winnipeg plans to sell these properties without public input. The group circulated a petition, asking to be included in the development process.
Fort Rouge Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said the process has been “terribly mishandled” and Winnipeg should have conducted public consultations before it put out an expression of interest to developers.
“Green space is a long-term asset to our city. It should not be sold for quick cash to operate our community centres or anything else we need money for,” she said.
At last week’s city centre community committee, Gerbasi and Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights) voted in favour of a thorough public consultation process for alternative options for golf courses.
Council’s property and development committee, a more powerful body, will consider the plan at a meeting on Tuesday. As of Friday, 20 groups had registered to appear before the committee.