- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Residents of a northwest Reno neighborhood are launching an ambitious effort to turn an abandoned golf course into a park.

Once known as the “St. Andrews of the Sierra,” the links-style Northgate Golf Club has sat vacant since it closed in 2009.

Homeowner Linda James is among those who want to convert the old cart paths into hiking and biking trails and turn the old clubhouse into a community gathering place.

She tells the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/ly2o9oh ) she’s excited because the city recently announced it secured help from the National Park Service and the American Society of Landscape Architects to help residents craft a plan to design and operate the 200-acre site as Sierra Vista Park.

City Parks Director Julee Conway estimates the outside expertise is worth $100,000 to $150,000.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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