Shawn Gorden

Shawn Gorden launches his Frisbee hoping to make the last basket Monday at Evergreen disc golf course.

An expansion of the disc golf course at Evergreen Park could be underway soon.

The park board approved East Central Disc Golf Club’s proposal of adding another nine baskets to the course during Monday’s meeting.

John Dykhuizen, treasurer, said the club is in the process of raising funds to build the additional nine baskets, which will be located on the spray park side.

“We’re the second-best rated disc golf course in the area right now,” he said.

The cost for the first nine baskets was approximately $5,000.

In order for St. Clair to maintain that status and keep up the competition with other cities, he said the course should expand to a tournament course, the full 18 baskets.

In addition to paying for the added disc golf baskets, Dykhuizen said club members will maintain that area of the park as well such as picking up trash and cutting the lawn, similar to how they maintain the current course.

“We want to take care of everything but the spray park and the soccer field,” Dykhuizen said.

He presented design plans to park board. He assured the members that the baskets will not affect those by the pavilion, splash park or those on the walking trail.

Before construction can take place, City Administrator Travis Dierker and City Inspector Jeremy Crow need to review the design plans.

The goal is to have a disc golf tournament in the spring as a grand opening, according to Dykhuizen.

The park board voted 6-0 in favor of the disc golf course expansion upon approval from Dierker and Crow.

In September, a staircase and a Patrick R. Saling memorial flower garden were completed at Evergreen Park, across from the disc golf course by East Central Disc Golf Club members.

The project was made possible by donations from Pioneer Termite and Pest and owner Andy Saling. The concrete work was done by Chad Cox and Josh Gildehaus.

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 year.

About Disc Golf

Disc golf is a sport where players throw a disc or Frisbee at a target or basket and it is played using rules similar to golf.