Harvard-Westlake plans to turn Weddington Golf & Tennis into a community athletics center, portions of which will be accessible to the public. Harvard-Westlake is evaluating what amenities will be included on the property.
Community engagement is a high priority for us. We’ve already engaged some local stakeholders to share the news and our principles for developing the site. Now that the transition of ownership is complete, we look forward to working with the neighborhood and have developed multiple lines of communication with stakeholders.
Harvard-Westlake has not yet developed a site plan but with 16 acres, we are optimistic we can accomplish both the school’s and the community’s goals.
Yes. The tennis courts, driving range, and golf course will continue operating as usual while Harvard-Westlake goes through the planning process for the site.
The driving range at Weddington has had significant light fixtures for decades, fixtures that are regularly in use up until 11 pm every day of the week. As we determine the location of fields and lighting, we will do so with the goal of improving upon the current condition.
The parking plan will be developed concurrently with the project. However, all parking will be located at or below grade.
Yes. These facilities will be for the use of our athletic teams and the community.
Harvard-Westlake is committed to performing a full traffic study as part of the planning process for this project. The results of that study will necessarily be influenced by the eventual uses of the site and will inform the school's plan for how students will move between the site and the main campus on Coldwater Canyon. But, we value the tranquility of the property as much as its neighbors and will certainly aim to use the property in a manner that has less than significant traffic impact.
The Weddington property acquisition will enable Harvard-Westlake to re-evaluate the Parking, Safety & Athletic Improvement (PSA) Project that the school has proposed on land it owns just west of Coldwater Canyon across from the upper school campus. In response to feedback from our neighbors, the school will explore alternatives, including the addition of parking spaces on the main campus. Plans for the PSA Project as currently designed will be placed on hold, and we look forward to meeting with members of the community during this time. To be clear, developing parking on the upper school campus in order to get student and visitor cars off the streets around the upper school remains a high priority for student and visitor safety reasons.
No. The school has been very clear for years about the need to develop solutions to address parking constraints and safety concerns, and the need for additional field space at the upper school. Enrollment growth was not part of any of the plans, and the Weddington project does nothing to change that.