Belton: Council takes a pass on purchase of portion of former golf course

A rendering showing the expanded park. (City of Belton)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton City Council has voted to take a pass on a proposal to purchase the northernmost 30 acres of the Leon Valley Golf Course to expand Heritage Park.

The council authorized the purchase of the southernmost 85 acres of the former golf course in May 2018 for $2.1 million.

The purchase included a three-year right of refusal on the remaining 51.5 acres of the course.

Belton City Manager Sam Listi recommended the council pass on the purchase after the property owner advised the city it had received an offer for the 30-acre tract.

“My recommendation to the Belton City Council was to decline the purchase of the 30 acres,” Listi said.

“The property is not contiguous with the current park boundaries, and our focus needs to remain on developing the current park, which now totals 150 acres.”

The city retains right of first refusal on the remaining 21.5 acres of the course until May 2021.

Last month the council approved a master development plan for the park, the first phase of which calls for an estimated $4.3 million in improvements including additional parking, restrooms, dock access to the Leon River, a pavilion, a new trail and multipurpose recreation fields.

The city is seeking a $750,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant to help cover the cost.