Cobbs Creek Golf Course Restoration Plan Back on Track

Some of the trees cut down on the property of Cobbs Creek Golf Course
Image via Kimberly Paynter, WHYY
Some of the trees cut down on the property of Cobbs Creek Golf Course

Renovating the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course, which rests in Upper Darby and West Philadelphia, appears to be back on track, writes Sophia Schmidt for WHYY.

The city-owned public course welcomed players of color decades before the PGA, but closed after it fell into disrepair.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation had a lease agreement with the city for a $65 million restoration, but neighbors were angry when hundreds of trees were clear-cut from the property for the refurbishment.

The latest plans include converting 12 acres of trees to non-forested green space, tree plantings around buildings and parking areas and donating $250,000 to TreePhilly to plant hundreds of trees in neighborhoods, including 200 as offsets for the tree loss on the golf course.

There will also be bird-safe glass, solar panels, electric charging stations and native landscaping.

The city’s Art Commission gave final approval to designs for a driving range and education center.

“I’m confident that the issues that have been raised by the commission have been addressed,” said Art Commissioner Carmen Febo San Miguel. “I’m pleased with some of the adjustments that have been made and how the project is really paying attention to environmental issues.”

Read more about the latest developments for the Cobbs Creek Golf Course refurbishment at WHYY.

Find out more about the restoration of the Cobbs Creek Golf Course.

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