Traver Creek restoration project in Ann Arbor won't interrupt golf play at Leslie Park
Ann Arbor officials are inviting residents to a public meeting tonight to discuss the Traver Creek Streambank Restoration Project that will take place on the Leslie Park Golf Course.
In an email to golfers, Doug Kelly, the city's director of golf, said the project will not interfere with normal golf play, nor will there be any major changes to the course or any of its holes.
The majority of the work will be done from November through March.
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"The addition of some aesthetic features on these holes is also being planned out," he added. "Hole number 11 might see an expansion of the wetland between the tee and the fairway. But again, all of this work will be done during the winter months and not affect golf play."
Today's meeting runs from 7-9 p.m. at the Leslie Science & Nature Center inside the Nature House at 1831 Traver Road.
City staff, along with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office staff, will be on hand to present the conceptual design, answer questions and receive feedback.
Kelly said he looks forward to hearing questions and concerns about the project. He pointed out no golf course funds are being used for the county project.
"After many meetings and the consultation of Arthur Hills Golf Design Group (who did our renovations in 1995), the A2Golf staff feel that this project would not only be a benefit to the golf course and the golfers who love Leslie Park, but also as part of our mission statement, it will benefit the community and residents of Ann Arbor," Kelly wrote.
As part of the project, Traver Creek is being regraded, stabilized and naturalized, focusing on mitigating downstream flooding and addressing bank erosion, as well as the reduction of the phosphorus load in the creek, which feeds into the Huron River in Ann Arbor.
The headwaters of Traver Creek are in agricultural lands north of the US-23/M-14 interchange, flowing south near several residential subdivisions, under Plymouth Road, and through the Island Drive apartment complex. The creek joins the Huron River just upstream of Island Park.
The rate of residential growth within Traver Creek's 7-square-mile watershed has accelerated in the last decade, according to the city's website.
For more information on the project, contact Jennifer Lawson, the city's water quality manager, at 734-794-6000, ext. 43735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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