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BREC asks community for ideas to possibly revamp Howell Park

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A community meeting was held Tuesday evening to get input about what to do with a large chunk of historic land in North Baton Rouge.

"This is a community golf course," said golfer Albert Bell.

It appears that may soon be a thing of the past for folks who love to swing the sticks at BREC's Howell Golf Course.

"Ask the people that play or ask the other people because if you close it down there is going to be a big void in the community," said Bell.

BREC asked the National Golf Foundation to assess all the system's courses. After studying the issue, they recommended BREC close the Howell Park Golf Course.

"Howell used to be a thriving active golf course, but over the past years the communities changed the priorities have changed and it's not getting as much use," said Cheryl Michelet with BREC. "So what we're going to do tonight is go out to the community and say what would you like to see there instead."

They'll take that input and formalize a master plan.

"Tell us what they like best, maybe give us some ideas that we haven't thought of," said Michelet. "We'll put it all together. We'll come back to the community, and say "Are we on the right track?"

"I don't know what they plan on doing with it. I understand that they're not making a ton of money, but what they're talking about doing isn't going to make enough that I can see," said golfer Carl Spiers.

"I love the game. I just love playing golf," said Bell. "If that's a crime, put me in jail. But don't close the golf course down."

The timetable for a possible revamp of the Howell Park course would be sooner than later, depending on the budget.

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