The Washington City Council last week approved a recommendation for a disc golf course at Burger Park.
The park advisory board in December recommended the city move forward with plans for the park funded by the Washington Lions and Elks clubs. The council approved the measure 8-0.
There has been $20,000 in funding secured between the two clubs. That money will be used to purchase baskets, signs, concrete for the tee boxes, and landscaping.
Burger Park is located at Highway 100 and International Avenue.
Shawn Gorden, with the Lions Club, and Taylor Goodale, with the Elks and Lions clubs, spoke to the council on behalf of the committee planning the disc golf course.
Club members noted that the course would be designed by players and the clubs utilizing layouts of other regional courses.
The men said the game is growing in the area and pointed to St. Clair expanding its existing course.
If the course is built, it is predicted there will be an influx of county and regional people coming out to play.
In December, Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said the city is looking at reducing maintenance at Burger Park. Because the site is a former landfill, it is not suited for many activities.
A disc golf course, however, would work, he said. With the disc golf course, the city would be able to relocate the existing baseball fields and transition into a more low-maintenance facility.
Dunkle has said there’s no time line for the project. If the council approves the course, he would like it to open sometime in 2018, but said parks crews would like to finish other projects first before moving on to a new one.
Dunkle said the city wouldn’t have to provide any funding, outside of labor.