Springfield seeks bids for long-awaited improvements to Franconia, Veterans Memorial golf courses


SPRINGFIELD — The city has advertised for bids for significant repairs and improvements planned at the two municipal golf courses, Franconia and Veterans Memorial, with an estimated price tag of $1 million.

City officials including Patrick J. Sullivan, the director of parks, buildings and recreation management, have lobbied for the improvements, saying they will help promote and protect the courses and enhance their use and revenues.

Sullivan recently said the investment is “10 years overdue, in my opinion.”

Competitive bids are due by 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

The remediation work includes repairs to bunkers and sand traps, drainage installation, dredging of two irrigation ponds, and related work, according to city officials.

The City Council approved the funds in mid-October. The money comes from unspent bond funds from past school construction projects.

“It’s going to enhance the golf courses immensely,” said Peter Garvey, the city’s director of capital asset construction.

The work will begin in the spring when weather permits, and will take approximately four months to complete, he said.

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