Chris Harwood retires; City Council approves open house event at Civic Center

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ROCK SPRINGS – The city of Rock Springs honored Golf Professional Chris Harwood Tuesday during the Rock Springs City Council Meeting. Harwood decided to drift into retirement after 35 years.

An avid golfer himself, Mayor Carl Demshar presented Harwood with a retirement plaque. Demshar exclaimed he has always believed Rock Springs has the nicest public golf course in Wyoming if not the entire Rocky Mountain Region.

“A lot of that is due to Chris,” Demshar said. “It’s going to be strange walking into the pro shop and not see you there.”

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Harwood thanked everybody for their generosity and kindness after he announced he was retiring. Harwood said he completely agrees with Demshar on the level of excellence of the White Mountain Golf Course.

“I have played courses everywhere and I have never played on a public course as nice as this one,” Harwood said. “It would rival some country club courses. Be proud of what you have and take care of it as well as you have.”

Harwood said this would not be goodbye as he would split time between his home down south and his home here in Rock Springs.
The city is already advertising the golf pro position and is on the hunt for Harwood’s replacement.

Civic Center Open House

The Rock Springs City Council also gave approval for an open house at the Rock Springs Civic Center on November 26. Park and Rec Director Dave Lansang said the open house would be all day to allow everyone the oportunity to see the changes at the facility.

The facility has undergone a number of minor changes and improvements which Lansang said the staff believes to be more user-friendly and benefit our community. Staff has taken on the challenge of limited space to make the center more efficient while still making it comfortable.

The open house on Nov. 26 will give residents an opportunity to see the changes first hand at no cost to residents.

There will also be light refreshments, a few door prizes throughout the day and staff will also provide information and demonstrations in various parts of the buildings.
“My staff and I are very excited for the changes, as are most regular patrons who currently utilize this facility,” Lansang said in a letter to the council. “ We hope you will embrace our recommendation to host this event.”

The open house was unanimously accepted by the council. Councilman Rob Zotti was absent from the meeting.