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Ron, right, and John Dykhuizen paint the outside of the former concession building at Evergreen Park Wednesday, Feb. 28. As the part of the disc golf course expansion, the Evergreen Park Disc Golf Club is working to reopen the concession stand, which is being used as a storage unit.

The expansion of the disc golf course at Evergreen Park is progressing despite the recent rainfall.

The East Central Disc Golf Club changed its name to Evergreen Park Disc Golf Club, according to John Dykhuizen, chief operating officer of the club. He said the group changed its name to solely focus on Evergreen Park.

The course currently consists of nine baskets and the expansion includes another nine baskets making it a full tournament course. The park board approved the club’s proposal of the expansion during the November meeting.

Two baskets of the expansion have been placed so far. Dykhuizen said the club members have been working backward in placing the baskets due to the weather. Some holes that have been made for the baskets are filled with water.

With a few dry days in the forecast, he said he hopes the water will be gone by the time they are ready to place those baskets.

Overall, the course is “coming along great,” Dykhuizen said.

Fundraising efforts for the disc golf course expansion is still taking place. The goal amount is $2,500. That amount also includes the cost for surveillance cameras, according to Dykhuizen.

Four basket sponsorships are still available to the public, he added. To help raise funds, the club will soon be selling T-shirts and stickers. He said new signs will be donated by the St. Clair Lions Club.

“That’s a big expense that we don’t have to worry about,” Dykhuizen said.

He added that the Lions Club donated money for the first nine baskets. Disc golf members also are working to restore the old concession stand located next to the parking lot, which was turned into a storage unit.

The facility will be part concessions in the summertime and part storage.

“We’re going to offer water, juice ... we figured with the splash park there, parents won’t have to leave to go get something,” he said.

“During our tournaments we’ll be able to sell hot dogs, and burgers and stuff.”

Proceeds from concessions will be split 50/50 with the park board. The club will offer disc rentals. For those wanting to use the course for a tournament, there will be a fee. If the course is left in a clean condition, a portion of the fee would be reimbursed.

The park board approved usage of the building by the disc golf club during the Monday, Feb. 26, meeting.

He added that the plan is to have the building painted school colors along with a mural.

“We’re going to have a local artist come over and put a mural on the side of a guy throwing a disc at a basket, and bulldog jumping up and grabbing it,” Dykhuizen said.

Disc golf club members will maintain the expanded course and concession stand as well, such as picking up trash and cutting the lawn, similar to how they maintain the current course.

“We’re going to be taking care of everything, but the ballfield,” he said.

The goal is to have the course finished in time for an April 22 tournament, Dykhuizen said.

City Administrator Travis Dierker told The Missourian that city officials are excited about the disc golf course expansion.

“I’ve talked to John a couple of different times and he talks about how people love our current nine hole course,” Dierker said.

“By creating this expansion of nine more holes, it’ll give an opportunity for people to do one group of nine holes or do the full 18 (holes).”

He added that course is suited for beginners and experienced players. He said he hopes the expansion will bring in new people to the area to see what St. Clair has to offer.

The disc golf course originally opened in June 2014. The course travels through the wooded area of Evergreen Park, south of Park Avenue. It measures 1,480 feet and is a par 30. It is open year-round from 7:30 a.m. until dark.

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