City doesn’t receive any responses to Greenbelt request for proposals

Luke VanDeventer practices his putting skills on the practice green at Greenbelt Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic Mike Wolanin | The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The city’s efforts to find a private operator to take over management of Greenbelt Golf Course did not result in any responses to a request for proposals. The request for proposals was released Aug. 3 and closed Aug. 28, with no offers.

Columbus Parks and Recreation Director Mark Jones said two individuals and one group came to a site visit that was scheduled as part of the process.

“There were a lot of questions asked during the day of the site visit, as well as days afterwards,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, these individuals (and the) group thanked us for the time spent answering their questions, but they just didn’t think it was the right fit for them. Nothing more was really said.”

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop said he found the lack of proposals somewhat surprising.

“I expected that we would receive a response,” he said. “The community engagement process that we had indicated a desire for golf at Greenbelt, and we thought that the private sector would be able to respond to that. But in the end, there was nothing.”

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