The city of Crestview’s possible purchase of the Foxwood Country Club is a popular topic among residents.
CRESTVIEW — Many residents throughout Crestview have an opinion about the city’s possible purchase of Foxwood Country Club.
In December, the City Council gave City Manager Tim Bolduc the go-ahead to make an offer on the 129-acre property. Bolduc put the offer in earlier this month.
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“It’s in the bank’s court right now,” Bolduc said. “We’re waiting to see what their response is. We secured funding, so we are just waiting on them.”
According to a discussion at a December council meeting, the property includes an opportunity to add multiple recreation programs to the city.
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Possible recreation opportunities on the property include a sports complex made up of baseball, softball and soccer fields, a driving range and nine-hole golf course, an archery course and a swimming pool.
When asked on Facebook about what they thought of the idea, many residents supported the purchase. They believe the idea is a good way to keep families and youth in town, rather than going elsewhere.
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“I agree with the plan they now have,” Joe N Jackie Andrews wrote on Facebook. “Use Foxwood for more than just a golf course to make it more family friendly. The less we have around here for our young people the more they hate it here and can’t wait to leave.”
Other residents agree with the idea, but only if it is well-maintained, has adequate supervision and is inexpensive.
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“I think it is a good idea as long as it is taken care of properly,” Yvonne Mace wrote. “All of the ideas to put on the land for recreation are needed here in Crestview. Prices have to be affordable and not so high that no one will participate.”
A few people who support having more recreation options in Crestview like the Foxwood purchase idea, but have additional concepts for the property.
Some of the ideas include a dog-friendly walking track beside the athletic fields, batting cages and a splash park.
While many are in a favor of the city’s plans, there are some residents who believe it will not work.
“If it was not viable as a private enterprise, why would the city invest our tax dollars into a failing enterprise,” Frank Hunter wrote.
Despite the mixed reviews of the possible Foxwood purchase, it seems both city staff and residents agree that more recreation is needed in Crestview.
The city’s Community Recreation & Enrichment Services department will hold a strategic planning meeting to discuss the future of recreation activities at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Crestview Community Center, 1446 Commerce Drive.