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The Future of the Bobby Jones Clubhouse
Posted on Oct 3rd, 2017
We have communicated with you several times over the past year that the Alliance Parks Committee has been working hard to find a positive use for the golf course clubhouse. And as we communicated in July, we found a group that we felt had a positive approach to the use of the building and we can now get into more details about what that future use will be.
The not-for-profit group has agreed to hold several community meetings over the next two months to discuss their plans. The first two have been scheduled for October 8 and October 16. The first gathering will be hosted by the Alliance and will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8th at the clubhouse in the main floor meeting room. The second gathering will be hosted by the Alliance and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and will be at 6 p.m. October 16th at the clubhouse.
The Alliance supports this group’s effort. Since we learned that the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, which leases the golf course from the State of Georgia, would be abandoning the clubhouse and the green space around it, the Committee and the Alliance Board identified various potential uses and investigated them to see if they would benefit the community and be a sustainable solution.
The Alliance’s goals were to try to save the building while also avoiding any use that would be detrimental to the neighborhood. We have communicated consistently that we did not want a use that would have significant day long activities like the current golf course operation which has been a real burden on the surrounding neighbors. We have been working closely with our Councilmember, Yolanda Adrean, to ensure that if a positive use was found that we could get City support and that the City would agree to lease the property back from the State and the City has done that.
Of the various groups and institutions we met with, this newly created group that is focused on classical music and music education stood out as the best possible option. They proposed to completely renovate the building so that they can have acoustic music recitals and provide educational opportunities primarily for children. Their leadership includes one of our neighbors, other arts patrons and a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
We are very excited about this potential use. Not only will it save the building from destruction or some unwanted commercial type of use, the building will be renovated and used in a very positive way that will benefit our neighborhood and the surrounding community
Please plan on attending one of the upcoming meetings to learn more.