Huntsville City Council votes to turn golf course into mixed use park

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Following a marathon session the Huntsville City Council has decided the fate of the Municipal golf course.

In a vote just before 10 p.m. Thursday,  the council has decided to turn the Becky Peirce Memorial golf course into a multi-use park.  

Council members Keith, Culver, Robinson and Russell all voted yea. Councilman Bill Kling abstained.

The crowd erupted in cheers, after the vote was taken.

UAH Cross Country Coach, David Cain, told WHNT News 19, "I'm just really excited for the running community here in Huntsville. It's going to benefit a lot of people both in the running community as well as the biking community and I think it's a park that everyone can enjoy."

This followed weeks of intense debate. Thursday night alone, 40 citizens signed up to speak on behalf of the golf course and mixed-use park. Both sides also presented signed petitions, and pleaded passionately for their cause.

In the end, many of the council members said they decided to vote the way they did, because it benefited the most number of citizens.

The proposed mixed use park will feature a golf driving range, cross country running track, walking trails, a mountain bike training facility, dog park and disc golf course.

Just before calling for a vote, Council President Jenny Robinson told golf supporters, if the course closed, they would work diligently with Redstone Arsenal to get their 36 hole course more accessible to Huntsville residents that aren't affiliated with the military.