Board of Parks Commissioners vote to approve bid for Triggs golf course

Providence Board of Parks Commissioners meeting (10/26/2022)
Providence Board of Parks Commissioners meeting (10/26/2022)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Board of Parks Commissioners on Wednesday approved a new lease with the current ownership group of the Triggs memorial golf course, to continue to maintain and operate the providence golf course.

The deal with FCG Associates is for a 10-year period and the lease will be renewed starting Jan. 1, 2023.

The decision to approve the bid with current owners FCG Associates did not come without backlash, with some raising questions about the logistics of the deal, saying it felt rushed, and with a lack of public input. FCG Associates has owned Triggs for more than 30 years since 1990.

In the end, though, commissioners decided to vote anyway, and go forward with the bid made by FCG, voting 6-1 vote.

City Council President John Igliozzi the lone vote in opposition asked for the vote to be continued to a later date after objecting to the process and a lack of transparency, saying the three bids the committee deemed best fit should present their plans to the entire board of parks commissioners before a vote is made.

“I don’t feel comfortable with it. I don’t think there’s enough information with it,” Igliozzi said. “All three of these proposals should’ve come here. Present their proposal line by line and have the commission Q&A them, and really get an understanding of who they are and what they’re all about, and ask the hard questions.”

District 7 state Sen. Frank Ciccone also shared Igliozzi’s concerns and called on Mayor Jorge Elorza to table the vote saying the process felt rigged.

Ciccone spoke out against the deal, saying he felt Rhode Island Golf Association put forward a thoughtful bid and there should have been more discussion on who should be awarded the bid.

Following the vote, Ciccone said in a statement in part that “this isn’t right and frankly, it stinks worse that the landfill.”

“The only person who seems to be in favor of extending this contract for another 10 years is the mayor who will be out of office in a couple of months. No public comment was taken, the surrounding neighborhood is against it, the customers of Triggs are against it and it’s time we breathe new life into this long-neglected community asset. Today’s farce of a vote will not be the end of this issue and I once again urge Mayor Elorza to do the right thing and allow the incoming mayor and council to decide what’s best for Triggs and the people of Providence. Ramming a sweetheart deal down our throats while he is on his way out the door is simply not in the best interests of the community and Triggs,” he added.

Ciccone also said Elorza should not be the one approving a bid, with less than three months left in office, and that the next administration should be in charge of doing so.

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