St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board members soon will be trying to figure out how to lay out the nine-hole disc golf course at Evergreen Park.

Funds to purchase the needed equipment were included in the 2013 budget, and City Administrator Rick Childers said it has been ordered and delivered. Park board members hope the course can be built sometime in the spring.

Board members are hopeful some land on the extreme south side of the park near the St. Clare Catholic Cemetery and Greater St. Clair Area Homes complex can be utilized. The property is south of Park Avenue, and most of it is heavily wooded.

Other areas of the park also will be used, but the course should steer away from the spray park and the proposed amphitheater.

Board members Letha Childers and Keith Domke as well as City Administrator Rick Childers and Assistant City Administrator Travis Dierker are scheduled to meet at Evergreen on Feb. 13 to begin the process of laying out the course. Childers said it is his hope that task can be completed by the end of the month.

Local contractor Jay Rice has been asked to help clear needed land in the wooded area.

Like the new spray park that opened last year and the proposed amphitheater scheduled to be built by the local Friends for Change young women’s group this year, park board members said having a disc golf course will add another unique opportunity for area residents to become involved in their park system.

The course could be expanded to 18 holes at a later date.

Park board members also will be seeking hole sponsors. They decided during recent meetings that the sponsorships will be sold for $100 per year per hole.

Any individual, group or business that sponsors a hole will have their name placed on a sign at that hole’s tee box. The sponsorships can be renewed annually.

Interested parties should contact city hall at 636-629-0333 for more information. 

Other Business

In other business, Mayor Ron Blum appointed three new members on Monday during the board of aldermen meeting after the park board recommended them.

St. Clair residents Rachel Rodman, Mark Rodman and Frances Miller are the newest members after Monday’s official appointment.

Five of the board’s seven members now live in the city limits. The board can include up to nine members, the majority of which are supposed to live in the city.

The Rodmans own a bounce house business and donated their services during the city’s Boo Bash event in October.

Also, the board started planning the 2014 Freedom Fest at Orchard Park. The event is scheduled for June 21.

Money already has been budgeted and approved for the fireworks display that will conclude the festivities.

Linda Luetje-Nelson also was re-elected president of the park board during the group’s January meeting. Rachel Rodman was chosen as the vice president and Clorla Montgomery remained the secretary.