Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #161
Order Adopted
Jun 29, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services Recreation Division and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of identifying one evening or day per week that the Fresh Pond Golf Course can be open to the public for general use.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, PNSponsors:Councillor Patricia Nolan, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, the first golf course in the world and often referred to as “The Home of Golf,” is closed on Sundays to allow members of the public to access its vast open space for other leisure activities free of charge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

From May 6th to May 21st, 2020, the City Manager opened the Fresh Pond Golf Course, the largest open space in Cambridge, to pedestrians to allow for extra space to safely distance; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

During the time it was open to the general public free of charge, the space was widely utilized by people walking, jogging, reading, and playing with their kids, which have all become more difficult to do in a safe fashion during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Council has gone on record asking the City Manager to provide additional space across the city to ensure equitable access to open space during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Golf is an important and safe outdoor activity, and yet golfer needs should be balanced with the need for open public space for residents, many of whom cannot afford golf fees; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services Recreation Division and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of identifying one evening or day per week that the Fresh Pond Golf Course can be open to the public for general use; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the council by the Summer meeting on July 27th, 2020.

 

Meeting History

Jun 29, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan