The owner of Riverside Golf in Surrey fears the course his family has owned for close to 50 years could be taken from him by the city.
Ken Poirier says the city wants to close it down and turn it into a road and conservation space.
Poirier says the city has expropriated 16 acres of land currently being used for the nine-hole course, driving range, and professional shop.
“They’re trying to pay us pennies on the dollar,” says Poirier.
“They basically want to pay us for swamp land instead of for a prime 16 acre space, one of the last large pieces of land in South Surrey,” Poirier adds.
The city wants to use part of the land to extend Crescent Road and link King George Boulevard to Winter Crescent and the rest for a conservation area, but Poirier isn’t so sure.
“A lot of the people we’re talking to, I just had another gentleman tell me ‘Oh for sure what they’re doing is they’re going to re-sell it to their developer friends’.”
Poirier’s fighting the city to keep it open and has a signed petition of a thousand people he’ll present to city council next month.