District 6 and city of Greeley plan to land swap at Boomerang Golf Course 


To clear the way for the construction of a new school, Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the city of Greeley are arranging an exchange of land at Boomerang Golf Course.

The land swap, also known as an intergovernmental agreement, was approved by the school district at its Dec. 14 board meeting.

The city introduced the idea and held a first reading at its council meeting a day later. A public hearing and final reading will be held at the council’s next meeting on Jan. 5. The item requires approval by ordinance because of the subject of the agreement is a land exchange, according to city documents.

According to the outline of the swap, the district would receive 25 acres providing better access to the new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade building – to be known as Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering — by way of 71st Avenue and 4th Street.

Map showing land in question for the Greeley-Evans School District 6 and city of Greeley intergovernmental agreement for land exchange at Boomerang Golf Course. (City of Greeley).

The city would also receive 25 acres, located farther west on the Boomerang South 9 property, where it will relocate and reconstruct golf course holes, irrigation facilities and non-potable system infrastructure, according to city documentation.

City information on the infrastructure noted the city water and sewer department has suspected for more than two decades that there was significant leakage in the ponds in this section of the course. A 2017 analysis estimated that more than 250-acre feet of water are wasted through pond seepage and inefficient systems.

The “new golf fairways will have lined water features, be equal or better in play than the current course configuration, more water wise and safer for all,” also according to city documents.

“I think it’s a win-win,” Greeley Mayor John Gates said.

Gates said the benefit for the district is a better parcel for the new school, which is expected to open in fall 2022. The city benefits with the chance to rebuild the non-potable water infrastructure, including fixing the leaky ponds to make them more efficient.

“We’ll reconstruct them and reline them and build a conveyance system to be more aesthetically pleasing,” Gates said.

Gates said he doesn’t know a timeline for when construction might begin at the course. Gates said three to five holes at the course will be impacted by the swap.

According to the proposed agreement, District 6 will pay $1.7 million for the construction of the new fairways and greens and water features.

The city will pay a one-time cost of $7.5 million from its water enterprise and general funds for its capital project work.

District 6 Superintendent Deirdre Pilch said during the district’s Dec. 14 board meeting the plan is to build the new holes and then remove the old holes to minimize any disruption at the course. The district will provide an update on the property and the school project next month.

The school will sit on an 88-acre parcel in the area of the golf course, and the size offers “plenty of land to manipulate what needs to be done there with the golf holes, with the building and to protect the building and cars from golf balls,” the superintendent said, adding “we have a lot of good acreage there.”

“The city of Greeley has proven over and over again to be a tremendous partner with us,” Pilch said. “And, here we are again partnering with the city to solve a complex problem. It allows the city to do some improvements they were planning to do but not for a few more years. For us, it’s a significant win.”


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