Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park's master plan has called for a golf course for decades, but a proposal to build a PGA-quality golf facility remains in limbo. City Council voted unanimously to delay any decision until Dec. 11 on a proposed development deal that would bring a golf course to the East Austin park.
Many of the residents in the park's surrounding area voiced support for the golf course and claimed the project could attract more development such as restaurants, hotels and grocery stores.
But concerns from Austin Water Utility Director Greg Meszaros ultimately swayed council. Meszaros suggested the project could be used against the city's top water provider during its attempt to gain long-term protections for Austin's water supply. His comments drew sharp opposition from Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who supports the golf course project.
A representative for the proposed development said Meszaros' comments blindsided his team. He suggested coming back with a possible compromise by Dec. 11.