FORT WORTH -- The city's Parks and Community Services board voted Wednesday to recommend closing the 81-year-old Z Boaz Golf Course and turning its 138 acres into a park.
The vote supported a portion of city staff recommendations. But the board also added a recommendation that the status of the nine-hole Sycamore Creek course be reviewed again in 2014.
City officials have deemed it a priority to keep open Sycamore Creek, which has lost more money than Z Boaz, to serve the central city. It will get new greens and grass that could attract more patrons, officials have said.
Last month, the city's golf course advisory committee recommended placing the two courses in the city's general fund rather than closing them.
Golf courses in the enterprise fund are meant to pay for themselves. Putting a course in the general fund means that its expenses would be paid in part by tax dollars.
The City Council is not obligated to follow the staff's, park board's or golf committee's recommendations, but the council is believed to support turning Z Boaz into a park.
Under the plan, Z Boaz, between Interstate 30 and Camp Bowie West, would get walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and athletic fields. It could also get a pool and a dog park.
The city must keep Z Boaz as a golf course or a park under the agreement made when the land was donated.
Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698