January 1, 2019

Golf Course Opens

When George Clayton (the original land owner) died in 1899, he donated the Clayton College Dairy Farmland into a trust. In 1932, Park Hill Golf Club opens on land that was formerly the Clayton College Dairy Farmland

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

City Sells Part of the Golf Course

In the 1970s, the city sold the northwest corner of the land to the federal government for a planned relocation of the U.S. Mint. When the Mint did not move, the federal government sold the land to the Southern Ute Tribe and it was developed over time into what is now Park Hill Village condominiums, apartments and retail.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

Clayton Foundation Formed

In the 1980’s, the Clayton Foundation was formed and they took control of the trust from the city.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

City Bond Initiative

In a 1989 bond initiative, the city included a line item that would provide $2 million toward the purchase of the property. However, that amount was deemed not nearly enough to purchase the land back then.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

An Easement is Placed on the Property

In 1997, the Clayton Foundation needed additional revenue to fund its operations. The city negotiated an easement agreement, stating that the property would be restricted for use as a regulation length 18-hole daily-use fee public golf course and driving range. In need of funding, that same year, CEL negotiated a sale of the southeast corner of the property to KB Homes to develop the Overlook community.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

The Property Remains a Golf Course

In 1998, as part of all of these transactions, Clayton Early Learning (CEL), formerly the Clayton Foundation, negotiated a 20-year lease with a golf course operator to help fund its operations.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

The Easement is Removed

In 2000, the city and Clayton entered into an Agency agreement which removed the easement from the land. The agreement required that the easement would be reinstated if Clayton ever sold the property.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

Planning for the Property’s Future Begins

The golf course continued to operate, but at a financial loss for the final several years of its lease. Faced with the likelihood that the golf course operator would not renew its lease, in 2016, CEL started a visioning process to determine what the land should become.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

Visioning Document

In 2018, the visioning document from that process was issued by CEL. A majority of people involved in the two-year process agreed with a mixed use vision.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

Golf Course Closes

The Park Hill Golf Club has been closed since the end of 2018 due to a city stormwater project that is part of its Platte to Park Hill Project. The city condemned 25 acres of the golf course for a permanent easement.

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019

Westside Purchases the Property

In June 2019, CEL sold the golf course to Westside and the 2019 easement was reapplied to the land per the terms of the 2000 Agency agreement, again restricting the property for use as a golf course.

January 1, 2019