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SLC Council Recommends Closing Glendale, Tinkering With Nibley, Giving Wingpointe to Airport

(The following news report is from the Salt Lake Tribune. The Deseret News has not published a story about it.)

By Chris Smart

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City's golf program is about to get smaller, but its parks system will get larger.

After months of analysis and discussion, the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday sent recommendations to Mayor Ralph Becker that would transfer Wingpointe Golf Course to Salt Lake City International Airport, remake the Glendale course into a multifaceted regional park and perhaps close the Nibley course to make way for a park, as well.

The airport will determine if the links at Wingpointe will stay open, according to the council. Councilman Charlie Luke said it would be advantageous for the airport to continue to operate the course.

The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier ruled that the golf system must lease the airport land at fair market value — equivalent to $500,000 or $600,000 per year.

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