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Mayoral candidate proposes converting at least one city-run golf course into a park

Mayoral candidate David Soknacki thinks Dentonia Golf Course would better serve Toronto as a park

Dentonia Golf Course is an oasis in the middle of a bustling city and recently voted the best municipal golf course in Toronto.

However, if one Mayoral candidate had his way, the public course located at Victoria Park Avenue and the Danforth would be converted into a park.

David Soknacki suggests in a policy paper that Toronto should establish park space within walking distance of every neighbourhood in the city.

Dentonia, Soknacki says, is ripe for re-imaging, as the par-3 course is surrounded by residential towers.

He argues many of those towers are occupied by recent immigrants who are more likely to play sports, other than golf.

Soknacki points out that Dentonia is losing money as a golf course, thanks to dwindling usership.

Soknacki admits he is not a golfer.

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  1. spicygarage posted on 05/14/2014 10:43 AM
    If the facts bear out that Dentonia usage is dwindling and that there is a dearth of cricket and soccer pitches in the area, it sounds like a no-brainer to give area residents — from 2014, not 1964 — the relational facilities they need. Toronto's citizens are changing; Toronto's infrastructure must follow suit.
  2. tanjo posted on 05/15/2014 05:00 PM
    I still say people are missing the point by dismissing Socknacki as a David Miller flunkie

    Maybe he should focus on getting onto council first, so people get a refresher on what he is all about, then take a run for mayor in 2018.
  3. Golf future posted on 06/27/2014 01:01 PM
    David Soknack is 100% right on the mark. The converted Par 3 new course, if done correctly, would extremely successful. Shorter play time, easier to play, just as fun, and less expensive to the golfer, and, city to operate. More of the city and public courses should go this way. It makes sooooo much sense.
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