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No clear path emerges yet for Heritage Oaks’ future

Representatives from the Urban Land Institute presented three possible answers to the question about Heritage Oaks Golf Course’s future, but council members weren’t wowed by any of the options. 

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Hirschmann seeks a second term as an independent — and often dissenting — voice on council

George Hirschmann, the city council member running for re-election as an independent, cast one of the two dissenting votes when the council narrowly approved the high school’s construction in December. And while he said he’d rather see the city build an annex than a separate new high school, it’s not that he’s against investing tax dollars in the community.

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Heritage Oaks getting into full swing despite budget cuts

After shutting down earlier this spring, Heritage Oaks Golf Course reopened golf operations on June 12. And while the course stayed available during the pandemic for cyclists and walkers, who populated the course like never before, Heritage Oaks was in the minority of Virginia courses that closed for COVID-19. WVVA reported in April that 89% of the other courses in the Virginia State Golf Association were still open for business.

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Council cuts funding for golf course

The Heritage Oaks Golf Course would take a 36.5% cut in city funding, following the Harrisonburg City Council’s latest version of the 2021 budget, which got its first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

Residents find outdoor refuge in city parks, but Westover pool and other rec facilities’ reopening remain uncertain

While the Parks and Recreation Department has kept open access to trails and fields on its properties, its programming has shifted online and other oft-used facilities, such as the Westover skatepark and all the parks’ playground equipment, remained locked or roped off. The Parks and Recreation department is also unsure as to how and when certain facilities will open up, including the Westover Pool. Parks and Rec employees plan on discussing that in meetings this week.

City takes next step in considering golf course’s future; Schools look to ‘creative’ solutions for summer and fall classes

After years of debate over whether the city should be subsidizing a golf course, the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday began entertaining different options to potentially scale back Heritage Oaks golf course’s operations and asked city staff to hire a consultant to help in making a final decision.

City’s trend of COVID cases improving, but officials remain concerned about vulnerable populations

Harrisonburg could be seeing “the light at the end of the tunnel” in the rate of COVID-19 infections, the deputy emergency coordinator reported to city council Tuesday. Meanwhile, state health officials are considering making available locality-level testing data.

Council still unsure what course to take with Heritage Oaks

The Harrisonburg City Council wrestled with the fate of the publicly owned Heritage Oaks Golf Course — but made no decisions — during Tuesday’s meeting as Parks and Recreation staff offered an overview of the course’s finances and operations.

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