Analysis: In UMD golf course debate, open space matters. So what is open space?

In the contentious debate over a proposal to build athletic field facilities on the University of Maryland Golf Course, defenders of the links have settled around two rhetorical framing devices. One is concerned with maintaining the golf course in its present operational state: 18 holes and a driving range with easy access to and from the clubhouse. But another, broader argument is concerned with preserving the golf course as a source of “open space.” This argument is frequently employed by nearby non-golfing residents who oppose redevelopment of the course. This argument is a tool, one that indicates to others why they should value the presence of a golf course in their neighborhood, despite perhaps not golfing themselves.

UMD golf course update: Administrators asked to study alternatives

University of Maryland officials have been instructed to more closely analyze alternatives to a proposal to build new athletic facilities on the campus golf course. This is the result of a closed-door meeting of the University of Maryland’s Facilities Commission, according to College Park city officials. University officials did not respond to multiple requests for more information on the results of the meeting. The decision to study alternatives was made less than a week after College Park City Council demanded such a study in a letter that expressed concern about the proposal, falling short of explicitly opposing it. The move gives some breathing room for those opposed to redevelopment of the golf course.

UMD proposal irks golfers, but not SGA president

Before a crowd of golfers, nearby residents and a single undergraduate student, a University of Maryland official tried to make the case for a proposed expansion of sports fields that would impact the campus’ 18-hole golf course. Specifically, the proposal calls for the construction of a new track and field facility plus several recreational sports fields to support the university’s intramural sports leagues. The forthcoming Purple Line light rail will cut through and displace the university’s existing track and field throwing area, where events such as discus and javelin are held. The proposal was discussed during a August 24, 2018, forum hosted by the university at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. University of Maryland vice president of administration and finance Carlo Colella said during the forum the proposed recreational sports fields are needed to bring the university up to par with other peer institutions and to make it easier to schedule intramural sports events.

Pedestrian killed on University Boulevard; Man dies in shooting – Prince George’s News Roundup

Two people died in Prince George’s County over the weekend. One was a pedestrian struck killed the driver of an SUV in Adelphi. The other was a D.C. resident fatally shot in Camp Springs. Those stories, plus more in today’s Prince George’s News Roundup. WJLA: Pedestrian hit, killed by driver of SUV
Fatal collision occurred at University Boulevard and West Park Drive in Adelphi.