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A golfer tees off on the 10th hole of the Kildonan Park Golf Course.

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The controversy about selling the city's golf courses suggests one scenario that would make both sides of the argument happy -- or perhaps both sides unhappy (Golf courses out, road repairs in: Steeves, July 26).

There's a popular rationale that when both sides of a solution are dissatisfied, the proposal has struck the right balance.

In the case of the Kildonan Park Golf Course, the land fronting onto Main Street could be sold for a considerable amount, particularly if it is zoned for highrise residences. The remainder of the course, which is much larger, would fit in very well as an enlargement of Kildonan Park.

This solution would provide a healthy sum for the sale of the land, and would continue to bring in tax revenue. It would also satisfy those who wish to retain green space, and the extension would be a welcome relief to those who use this popular and crowded park.

Louis Billinkoff

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 2, 2014 A12

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