Cuyahoga County Council gave the go-ahead and voted to allocate $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to build a new clubhouse and community center at the Parma, Ohio property. The re-envisioned space will cost around $9 million and additional funding is currently being secured through a bond and other means.
Ridgewood Golf Course’s clubhouse was demolished a few months back, but the City of Parma, Ohio is moving forward with funds already being secured for the next step in a multi-million-dollar facelift, WEWS reported.
City and county leaders say the clubhouse desperately needed an upgrade, and it’s finally happening, WEWS reported. This project will mark the first new public building in Parma in at least a decade.
“I’ve heard in the past, Ridgewood Golf Course is a hidden gem. You don’t want to hide gems—you want to show off those diamonds,” said Tim DeGeeter, City of Parma Mayor.
That’s exactly what city of Parma officials are hoping to do after crews successfully demolished the nearly 100-year-old Ridgewood Golf Course clubhouse back in March, WEWS reported.
Cuyahoga County Councilman Scott Tuma told WEWS it was no secret—the old clubhouse was dilapidated, dangerous, and becoming a liability. It literally had holes in the roof.
“That clubhouse was in terrible shape. I know a lot of people enjoyed the fond memories of going to the clubhouse, but it was nonfunctional in many regards,” said Tuma.
Cuyahoga County Council recently gave the go-ahead and voted to allocate $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to build a new clubhouse and community center on the property, WEWS reported. The re-envisioned space will cost around $9 million and additional funding is currently being secured through a bond and other means.
City and county officials told WEWS this new space will be transformed into a community resource that anyone and everyone can use. It’s all about inclusivity.
Once completed, officials say it will not only be an up-to-date clubhouse, but it will act as a community activity center with the possibility of serious economic runoff year-round, WEWS reported.
“It will help with jobs. It’ll give a place for both golfers and non-golfers to utilize where you could have baptisms, small weddings, other events, whatnot,” said DeGeeter.
During the off-season, there are even talks of adding indoor golf simulators, WEWS reported. The space could also be used for community meetings and fundraising opportunities.
DeGeeter stressed this is a municipal golf course—not a country club—and it’s open to anyone, from youth to seniors, WEWS reported. Both he and Councilman Tuma said the timing is right as the facility has become increasingly more popular during the pandemic.
It has turned a more than $300,000 profit from 2019 through 2021 with anticipated growth to continue, WEWS reported. Back in 2020 during the height of the pandemic and shutdowns, city data showed Ridgewood made nearly $181,000.
“It’s going to be a transformational project that will hopefully last decades,” Tuma said. “It’s going to be an economic driver. And most importantly, it’s going to be a sense of community pride in the city of Parma.”
Ridgewood Golf Course’s new community clubhouse is expected to be completed in the next two to three years, WEWS reported. No word on when the groundbreaking will occur.