The trees will be removed by the city of Appleton, Wis., to make way for stormwater retention ponds. One resident is vocally opposed to the $4.2 million project, saying the tree removal will be a “bad haircut” for the course.
City officials in Appleton, Wis., plan to remove 180 trees from Reid Golf Course to make way for stormwater retention ponds, but they’re facing some resistance from a local man, WGBA-TV Green Bay (Wis.) reported.
Jerry Smith argues that the golf course won’t be the same once the trees are removed, WGBA-TV reported.
“If you took 186 trees with a canopy of 30 feet wide, you’re looking at 19 football fields worth of trees coming out of the Reid golf course,” Smith said. ”It’s like going to a new barber and getting a bad haircut, Reid golf course is going to have a bad haircut.”
Paula Vandehey, Director of the Appleton Public Works Department, said the $4.2 million project will address flooding problems near the golf course, WGBA-TV reported.
“There’s definitely people who don’t like the project,” Vandehey said. “Change is always hard and we know we’re going to have to get through a construction year and then kind of a rebuilding year—but we really think that in the long run, this project will be best for Reid golf course.”
Though Smith said he understands the need for retention ponds, he is frustrated at the lack of communication between himself and city leaders who are working on the project, WGBA-TV reported.
“They seem to have their own plan on how this retention program should work, and we’ve kind of been dismissed as citizens in terms of what we suggest they do with the project,” Smith said.
When construction on the project begins next month, half the course will be closed. It is expected to wrap up by the end of 2013, WGBA-TV reported.