WEST BEND — The
U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course next
summer expects to bring tens of thousands of people to Washington
County next summer.
tournament officials are busy preparing for the influx of tourists,
players and volunteers to the area.
from the United States Golf Association have formulated agreements
or are negotiating terms with area organizations and municipalities
to rent plots of land they want to use for parking, including
farmland in the Town of Erin and at Washington County Fair Park.
“The U.S. Golf
Association approached our organization to secure use of the Fair
Park during the time the U.S. Open is going to be held at Erin
Hills,” said Dan Dineen from the Agricultural and Industrial
Society, the organization collaborating with the USGA.
According to a
draft of the agreement, the property will be used for the purpose of
parking vehicles, staging shuttle buses, screening individuals and
transporting visitors to the event. The term begins June 12
continues through June 18.
there are details that still need to be addressed.
“It was mostly
issues about who Fair Park is and making it clear in the document
that it is the operator of the grounds, known as Fair Park and to
clarify there will be attendees for a Rummage-A-Rama that will be
scheduled at the same time,” Dineen said.
The latest draft
was sent to members of the USGA and officials from the Industrial
Society are waiting to learn if they can agree to the terms. The
agreement will not cost Fair Park since all of the operational
expense will be borne by the USGA who will bring personnel to staff
This is not the
only lot dedicated to parking. The Town of Erin also rented property
to the USGA for parking purposes.
Julie Kriewaldt said USGA members rented about 32 acres of farmland
located on the corner of Highways 83 and 167 for two years for
almost $7,000 each year.
Mark Davy, an
area resident, is preparing the grounds for use.
“I planted all
the grass for them,” Davy said. “They wanted grass for people to be
able to park, so it is solid.”
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