Parma appoints architect for clubhouse and community center at Ridgewood Golf Course

PARMA, Ohio — Like its greens, plans for the new Ridgewood Golf Course involving the construction of a $9 million clubhouse/community center are moving fast.

City council this week approved architect John Patrick Picard to oversee the project. The Request for Proposals (RFP) process also included submissions from Perspectus Architecture, CBLH Design and Bowen and Associates.

A panel consisting of Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Auditor Brian Day, Director of Services Tony Vannello, Ward 3 Councilor Mark Casselberry and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi, with the assistance of Legal Director Tim Dobeck, interviewed four of the 10 architectural firms that submitted proposals for the project.

“We wanted to dig deeper into the subject, so the committee visited the buildings and constructions designed by these four architects a few weeks ago,” DeGeeter said. “I was very impressed by the presentation, the desire and the enthusiasm of Picard to carry out this project.

“It was really good – not to say the other three weren’t. I think all four could do the job, but in the end the committee unanimously thought that Picard – with their submissions, their qualifications and their presentation – ranked first.

Next up for the city is the mayor and chief legal officer working with John Patrick Picard Architect to negotiate a cost for the future construction of the city-owned Ridge Road Golf Course.

Recently, Cuyahoga County Council awarded $4 million for the estimated $9 million project. The mayor said the remaining funding has not been identified.

“Obviously we’re going to keep looking, including state capital budgets,” DeGeeter said. “We have a demand there. Also, our link with the Justice Center drops over the next two years, so there’s an opportunity there.

“The target is two years for construction. We really want to try to open it for 2025, which will be the 100th anniversary of the Ridgewood Golf Course. »

The old clubhouse at the Ridgewood golf course in Parma was demolished in March. (John Benson/

The mayor noted that city council and public feedback will determine the design features of the modern facility, which can also serve as a rental location.

“The Ridgewood Golf Course is a hidden gem,” DeGeeter said. “We don’t want to hide our gems; we want to promote them. Having a golf course of this caliber in the center of our city is a huge asset for Parma and our region.

“It attracts people to Parma. We believe that with an event center it will only enhance and enhance what we already have there.

“Given the history of the course, we want to create a facility not only for golf, but also for the community. You only have one chance to get it right.

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Jill E. Washington