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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, S.pltmb.r 74, 1971 THE LETHBRIDCE HERAID 19 i iniiiaii nn mi 11 nun If you would like to contribute money, materials or labor to the 15-25 golf course for Lethbridge's young people, contact Reg Turner at 327-2936 or Chick Chichester at 327-1478. mi i MIIIIII iniiiiii mi iiiMiiiiiiiiiiH mini mi HIT ii i rnim 11 HIII i ni m mini n n New golf course for the young to go on farm land northeast of TV tower Youth backs project In Lethbridge there are three golf courses, Hender- son Lake Golf Club, Lethbridge Country Club and the Bridge- Valley Goll Club. These clubs cater more to the adult members of the golfing set and therefore there are many restrictions against ju- nior golfers. There will be no such restrictions in the golf course planned by Uie Leth- bridge and District Youth Re- creation Association. Lawrence Loula, President, WCHS During the past year, many youth organizations within the city were approached for their view points on an ambitious project concerning a Youth Golf Course. The idea was greet- ed enthusiastically. Initially impressed by the vigor and drive behind the campaign, many were skeptical as to bow long it would last. However the dream is now beginning to ma- terialize, and, rather than du- biously looking toward the fu- ture of Ihe project, we an- xiously await the completion of this facility. Tom Higa, President, LCI We, the student council of Wilson Junior High School for 1970-71 believe that the idea of a golf club run by the students of Lethbridge and area is some- tiling Lethbridge needs. We be- lieve this project will encour- age many of the younger peo- ple to take up this modern sport. For most of them golf is a sport that has yet to be tried. Jane Busowsky, President. WJ1IS The students of Hamilton Ju- nior High School feel that this is a great opportunity for youth to golf. For Ihc first lime the younger crowd will be able to golf at a vcy low cost. Also it is good to know that young people K'ill tiikc part in running it. Dale Sorochnn, President. IIJI1S At Gilbert Paterson School many kids were enthused about the idea nf a youth golf course last year. II meant a golf course where they would be al- lowed to come and play at their own pace and at limes of the day when Ihcy may not have been acccpled at the other golf clubs in the city. Philip Van Chrisloir, President, P.IIIS The youth golf course which Is being set up by Mr. Turner and his colleagues lias won wide support from Ihe students of Cnlholic Central High School. I hope Hint students in l.hc cily continue lo support this projcc' and thai business men in the cily will assist the or- ganizers of it. Don (icrln, Pn-sldrnl, CC1IS f. S v V f v jr x First donor Lou Wiley clears land, aided by Reg Turner and Chick Chichester It's something for the young By HERB JOHNSON Staff Writer On May 19, 1070, Reg Turner presented Lelh- bridge city council with the original proposal lor a golf course for the 15-25 age group. Up until that time the project had been his own idea; from then on it was a community project, drawing on all available resources within Iho cily. One of the first steps toward realization of the ultimate goal of a recreation facility run by young people for their own use was to set up an interim management and development board. Board members are Mr. Turner, at that time principal of Winston Churchill High School but now retired; C. W. Chichesler, businessman and city ald- erman; Gerald Litchfield, president of the Lethbridge and District Labor Council; and John Fildes, manager of Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. In order to function as an independent body able to receive donations it was necessary to form a duly- registered society and the Lethbridge and District Youth Recreation Association was formed. Another major step was procuring a site for the golf course. City council gave the project approval in principle right from the start but complications de- layed final approval of the exact location of the course. After several shifts within a half-section of city- owned Jand immediately north-east of the CIOC tele- vision station, a 120-acre area in the west portion was approved. There was some question of the land being used by the city for light industry or possibly being in- volved in a land swap with the Lethbridge Research Station. However things eventually worked out for the association, wilh Jand being provided on a long-term lease arrangement with the city just east of the area that may be used by the city for future industrial or residential development. NOMINAL FEE The city's contribution is in the form of the land at a nominal yearly fee; council made it clear to the association Ihe city did not intend to take any further responsibilities. The rest of the project materials, planning, manpower and equipment will have to come from other sectors of the community. One of the first things done at the golf course site was the digging of a reservoir necessary for the provision of water. The water will come from the irrigation ditch east of the course; the reservoir was dug by laborers from the Lethbridge Correctional Institute immediately west of the ditch. Heavy machinery, donated by a local firm, has also been moved onto the site to do the landscaping. Grass seeding is planned for this month and there is a possibility some golf might be played on the course next summer. VOLUNTEER BASIS The entire project is on a volunteer basis. No wages or expenses will be paid to anyone involved in the funding campaign. All money collected will be credited to the project. Members of the management and development board receive no remuneration. The association's operational plan calls for an executive committee to be formed once the facilities have been built. The committee is to be made up of students from the University of Lethbridge, the Leth- bridge Community College, junior and senior high schools in the city and the County of Lethbridge and one non voting member to represent the manage- ment and development board. These students are to be given the authority to operate the facilities under terms of reference set out by the board. TO CONTROL OPERATION Membership will be limited to the 15-25 age group and they will control the operation. Children under 15 will be able to use the facilities either free or at a very small daily rate. Instruction and special pro- grams arc to be provided for this group. Use of the course and its facilities by persons above the 25-year-old limit is to be decided by the executive. The management and development board, made up of responsible citizens, will be ultimately responsible for the property and its maintenance. The facilities of the youth recreation centre are intended to fill a gap that exists in community rec- reational activities. Mr. Turner estimates about 800 children reach the age of 15 each year in Lethbridge and most of them, he says, do not have the oppor- tunity to participate in individual character-building recreation. li siitr. Getting job done is no easy chore Lethbridge Correctional Institute inmates make contribution by digging reservoir The building of a major sports facility tlirough contri- butions from UK? community and volunteer labor is no easy task. Organization is important if the project is to succeed. Persons contributing to the Lethbridge and District Yonlh Recreation Association's golf course will be recognized ac- cording to a donor plan set up in advance. Individuals will be classified ns patrons, mnjor donors or supporters, according lo Uic amount of their contribution. Patrons arc those who give SI.OOO or more. Their photo- graph will be included in a large framed picture of the founders of the club, lo be placed in the trophy area. They will also be honorary members for five years and free lo use Ihe facilities at any time. Tlio 18 donors contribut- ing Ihe most will bo credited with having donated one of the greens. JIajor donors to will he honorary members for two years and will have their names on a framed scroll in the trophy area. Supporters' names will be re- corded in a Founders' book. They, along wilh patrons find major donors, mny young perron lo he n charier member whose fees are waived for one year. Diisiness and industrial firms are also included. A list of physical requirements and ser- vices has been made will] nn estimnlcd rclnil value. Ally firm makinc, a contri- bution would ninkn it in (lio product they hnndii: ;md bu credited wilh the cash value. Each firm doing .so will bo list- ed on an honor roll. ;