PEORIA — The Fondulac Park District is considering converting one of its golf courses into a multi-use facility that could include, at some point, a swimming pool.
Mike Johnson, the district's director, said there's an online survey for park district residents to complete within the next 30 days to give the board some guidance on what to do with the Fon du Lac Golf Course.
"The problem with the golf up there is the facility is not getting the use. It’s continues to lose $50,000 to $60,000 every year," he said Wednesday evening.
Given that, the thought is to convert the 9-hole course into a multi-use park. According to information online, the proposal includes adding two soccer fields, parking lot expansion, an asphalt walking trail with exercise stations, a splash pad, accessible playground equipment, shelters and potentially a swimming pool. The pool is the final phase and would only be built if district residents are willing to levy a new tax to support the pool, which is estimated to cost about $5 million.
"My point to the public is that we will put it in there if they have a consensus and are willing to levy for it," Johnson said Wednesday night. "We can’t afford it without that."
Five of the nine holes would be preserved so people could still practice or just play those holes for no charge. The club house would remain for special events. Additionally, the 18-hole Quail Meadows Golf Course would be modified for seniors to allow better accessibility, Johnson said.
The first two phases of the planned conversion, estimated to cost about $1.7 million, wouldn't cost taxpayers anything, he said.
"The funds to support Phase 1 and 2 would come through the existing funds we levy for each year. If the citizens of East Peoria truly want a community pool, the funding would have to come from a referendum which would require a vote by the citizens of East Peoria," wrote Johnson in the online letter.
The board will use the results of the online survey to aid in its decision of what to do with the golf course.