DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton said Thursday it will close two of the three golf courses it operates.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and City Manager Shelley Dickstein said in a news conference Thursday that the golf course required subsidies from the city’s general fund to remain operational which took money away from investment in other areas of the City.
Whaley said less than 2,500 users of the golf courses are Dayton residents and only Community Golf Course has been able to operate in a self-sustaining manner. Kittyhawk and Madden golf courses will be closed.
Dickstein said the decision was made in light of budget cuts that have been made as city revenues decline during the COVID-19 crisis. Dickstein also said pay cuts for city employees are looming.
While Community Golf Course will continue to operate it is not open now, but could open “in the near future.”
Dayton closed its golf centers closed through April 30, saying social distancing guidelines could not effectively be monitored under the limited staffing during the state’s stay at home order.
Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County clarified its March 30 order to allow golf courses to remain open as an outdoor recreation activity as long as specific social distancing and disinfecting procedures were followed.
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