REMEMBER THE PAR 3?
The 9-hole golf course running alongside Highway 1, near State Park Drive, the one with the radio towers on it, was where many beginners and seniors alike played golf for more than 35 years. Many residents of this area graduated from the Aptos Par 3 to our 18-hole courses, or retired from 18-hole courses to the Par 3. That property was put up for sale in 1999.
WHY SAVE THIS LAND?
The Aptos Par 3 is the last sizeable flat space in Aptos that is zoned Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PR). With the population growing, and living space getting tighter and tighter, a large grassy area and room to play can make a congested area more tolerable. As the population grows and development threatens the availability of parkland, large recreation sites become even more valuable.
WHAT ABOUT RESTORING THE GOLF COURSE?
Itís true there is a real need in Santa Cruz County for 9-hole golf courses, and, in 2007, County officials supported the efforts to restore the Par 3 golf course. However, Second District Supervisor Pirie now feels the use of the property should remain open until the land is purchased, if it can be purchased.
WHAT'S BEEN DONE?
Almost 1500 signatures on a petition to stop any rezoning, hundreds of letters to the County Board of Supervisors, and appearances at Board meetings by numerous concerned citizens persuaded the County Board, in 2006, to defer rezoning the Par 3 property. Concerned residents once again attended an October, 2008 meeting to show opposition to rezoning the Par 3 property, and the Board of Supervisors agreed to recognize its current zoning. However, that could still change.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Contact all five County Supervisors and tell them why you think the only development that should be approved for the Par 3 property should be consistent with its current zoning.
District 1 John Leopold firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2 Ellen Pirie Ellen.email@example.com
District 3 Neal Coonerty firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4 Tony Campos Tony.Campos@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
District 5 Mark Stone email@example.com
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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