Highland Park extends country club management agreement another year
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:00PM
HIGHLAND PARK — The Park District of Highland Park has asked the city for an extra year to assess their interest in taking over the Highland Park Country Club, which for the past two decades has been owned by the City of Highland Park.
In deference to that request, the city council Monday extended its management agreement with KemperSports Management until Dec. 31, 2014. The firm operates the golf course and clubhouse, including a banquet facility, for the city.
The park district is reviewing the finances and operations of the country club to assess their interest and ability to assume the property under the terms laid out in a 1996 agreement with the city. The agreement gave the park district the option to purchase the country club after the city had paid off all of the debt related to the property. The deal was reached three years after the city purchased the country club to head off a residential development.
According to the agreement, the park district is to pay the city 50 percent of net operating revenue.
The park board’s deliberations are tied into some controversial decisions regarding the future of the Sunset Valley Golf Course, which is now owned by the park district.