You have to love how passionate people are in Quincy. I’m sure sure people in other towns are passionate about where they live, but I’ve lived in other places and I haven’t seem the same kind of passion about their town as I have here.
The latest example of that came Tuesday night when a basically standing-room only crowd filled the clubhouse at Westview Golf Course to hear about the Quincy Park District’s proposed changes to the last nine holes of the 27-hole course. Nearly 20 people addressed the board. All of them made good points. None of them waved their fingers or ran down anybody. They just wanted to make sure that the board knew how passionate they were about Westview and that they wanted to make sure the course remained to be what it is — one of the best public courses around.
Park District staff believe that making some adjustments to the back nine will help make the course a more viable business. I’ve golfed out there plenty. I have to say there were times when I wished there was a driving range to hit balls. Then again, if I was really serious about my game all I have to do is go a mile up the road to the Knights of Columbus driving range and I could do the same thing.
Several people suggested Westview and the Knights of Columbus working together. There’s nothing to say that Westview couldn’t work out some kind of deal with Knights of Columbus so golfers who want to warm up couldn’t do it. The groups could think up some sort of incentive program that could benefit both entities.
At a time when people are watching every dime they spend, I’ll be surprised if the Park Board signs off on spending the more than $400,000 the project is expected to cost. A final decision about what — if anything — will be done won’t happen for months down the road.