Links Golf on the Parkway

A column by Marcos Breton in the Sacramento Bee notes the synergy between the downtown Kings arena and a possible downtown soccer arena.

An excerpt.

Republic FC as a minor-league soccer franchise has been one of the coolest developments Sacramento has had in some time. Smith started it with little more than a dream of soccer that he sold to many – me included – over pints of Guinness at de’Vere’s Irish Pub.

Now look. The Republic packs them in for every game. The team logo, fans and marketing have been right on the money.

Smith always knew his primary goal was to build something exciting that would attract people with big money. Mission accomplished.

Ranadive and Co. see the natural synergy between an NBA franchise and an MLS team. They see the possibility of a downtown MLS stadium complementing the downtown arena for the Kings.

Retrieved August 7, 2014 from

What this synergy portends in terms of revitalizing the downtown well beyond anything that has ever been so in Sacramento can become even more impressive by considering a links golf course in the Parkway’s North Sacramento/Cal Expo area; virtually ending the long-term and wide-spread illegal camping problem and the related Parkway degradations of fire, pollution and crime.

Links golf courses are built with minimal disturbance of the underlying land, and a peek at the tragic photos after the most recent Parkway fires by Bob Slobe, see at–jzgE , reveal the links-ready land underneath the burned out greenery.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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