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Norwalk Breaks Ground on New Golf Center
May 20, 2016
By Julia Pine
L.A. County Golf and the City of Norwalk kicked off its partnership yesterday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Norwalk Golf Center, which is scheduled to open in late 2016. The new facility will feature an improved 9-hole golf course, double-decker driving range, community meeting spaces, practice putting green, practice pitching green, a practice bunker as well as lighting and more parking.
"The benefits that youth in this community will have, and really that everyone will have, with this new property will be incredible," said Mayor of Norwalk Mike Mendez. "This new facility will be state of the art, a really exciting project. I can't wait to see it!"
The Norwalk Golf and Practice Center will be the 20th golf course in the Los Angeles County Golf Course System. The extensive, $13.2 million renovation kicks off a 5-year lease of the facility to the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, which has partnered with golf management company CourseCo for the project.
"Los Angeles County is the largest municipal golf system in the nation, and we are very excited about this partnership with the City of Norwalk," said John Wicker, Director of County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation. "This will be a complete transformation of this property, and we are very proud of it already."
While the focus of the property will be on serving the area's youth, programming at the new center will also include organized league play for men, women and seniors. Joining the groundbreaking ceremony of more than 100 people was Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who stressed the importance of providing this opportunity for kids.
"We will launch a junior golf program here that will introduce the game to kids who may not have been exposed to it in the past," said Knabe. "This game teaches respect, integrity and character. Those are invaluable."
Knabe, who will leave office at the end of the year, plans for the Center to be open before then.
"I strongly believe in public golf," said Knabe. "Public golf is the essence of the game, and it will be forever."
Joining Knabe in attendance was SCGA Executive Director Kevin Heaney, SCPGA Executive Director/CEO Tom Addis as well as representation from all partner programs. The ceremony was kicked off with a presentation by the Southeast Academy High School Color Guard.
To stay up to date with the project's progress, visit playnorwalk.com.
I’m so glad to hear about this news. This is great for the community. I am not from that area, but I just know it will be a great asset and a great addition to the community.