The Naperville Park District may spruce up the clubhouse at its Springbrook Golf Course, and turn the Riverwalk Eatery into more of a beer garden.
Discussions concerning ways to increase revenue for the district were the focus of the Naperville Park Board meeting Thursday night.
Some areas that seem to have potential to bring in additional revenue are the Park District’s golf courses and the Riverwalk Eatery.
Regarding the golf courses, Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said a “limited” renovation project is being considered at Springbrook, where furniture and other items in the clubhouse are 20 years old.
He said focus groups have indicated “people golf and leave” because there are no compelling amenities to make them stay around.
“We’re not looking to invest $1 million in a complete overhaul, but we’re looking at spending maybe up to $500,000 to put in a bar and add some TVs, expand the menu a bit and maybe upgrade the patio if people want to sit outside,” McGury said. “It’s up to the board in terms of what we could spend and what time slot we would fit this in.”
Board members agreed to offer proposals for the Springbrook facility at an upcoming budget meeting scheduled for Nov. 18. McGury said the district is not looking to compete with independent golf courses but rather “maximize what we have now for our membership.”
“It’s a balancing act,” he said.
The board also discussed the Riverwalk Eatery, which McGury said could better utilize its space by being developed into a beer and wine garden, rather than limiting its sales to such things as ice cream cones and hot chocolate.
“We’d have to go to the city to amend our liquor license, but we already have one for the golf courses, and we’re always looking for future revenue streams,” McGury said.
Park Board members asked that a business proposal be submitted by early next spring that could include renovating the inside of the existing building and adding a beer and wine garden outside. If approved, no changes would occur before late next year, meaning that patrons would not see any service changes until the spring of 2015.
McGury said a preliminary budget of $400,000 is being considered for the project, but that is subject to change.