The City of Milton now owns 139 more acres of greenspace than it did last week.
Officials with the city closed on its purchase of the Milton Country Club on Friday, finalizing the deal at 3 p.m. The city did not say how much it spent on the purchase, but in December, the council approved $5 million for it.
Milton bought the club from Triumph Golf LLC as it was being eyed for the development of 51 homes. The city hopes to preserve the land as a public greenspace.
For now, as the city weighs its next steps, "Park Temporarily Closed" signs have been delivered and will be installed at each entry point to the golf course to discourage anyone from walking the trails or course.
City staff will explore the feasibility and possible short-term options for the land, including using it for the upcoming tennis and swim seasons. Any long-term facility and programming decisions would be addressed during the community planning process for this property.
The city staff is also considering gating options to ensure the parking lot can be secured in the evening. Milton police were already patrolling the property as part of a regular route, however, the department will step up patrols during the time in which the facilities are temporarily closed to the public.
The Milton Fire Department will begin assessing the property and trails for any short-term safety needs, the city said. The final emergency plan for the facility will be driven by the results of the park's master plan developed with the community's input.
According to an agenda, the mayor, council and public works department will discuss the country club at a work session on Monday at 6 p.m.
The club is closed for now as the city considers what its future is, but before it offered golf, tennis, swimming, footgolf, dining and other social activities.
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