A weekend workday is set to start building a new disc golf course in Washington.
The volunteer workday is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at Burger Park, weather permitting.
Burger Park is located at Highway 100 and International Avenue.
Anyone wanting to volunteer should show up to the park.
Earlier this year the Washington City Council backed a plan to turn the park into a disc golf course. The push for the disc golf course came from the suggestion of members of the Washington Lions and Elks clubs.
The two clubs have secured $20,000 in funding for the new course. That money will be used to purchase baskets, signs, concrete for the tee boxes, and landscaping.
The city’s park board was pitched the idea last summer by Shawn Gorden, with the Lions Club, and Taylor Goodale, with the Elks and Lions clubs. At the time, Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said the city had been looking at ways to change things up at Burger Park.
The site is a former landfill and the city is limited on what can be hosted there, he said. With the undulation of the fields, Dunkle said the city has been looking at removing the baseball fields and fencing at the park and relocating them elsewhere in the city.
Another goal had been to cut down on maintenance at the park.
Disc golf would help out with both of those things. Disc golf is acceptable on the old landfill and golfers won’t be sliding around on the ground like baseball players.
Disc golf course also have design features like regular golf course that include trees, long grass and other hazards. Dunkle said the course would reduce maintenance for city staff. Disc courses require minimal maintenance and just a simple mowing path to connect holes.
As a bonus, Dunkle said he has long wanted some sort of “foot bridge” over Busch Creek and this project would likely result in connecting Burger Park with park property across the creek.
The course would be designed by players and the clubs utilizing layouts of other regional courses.
“Now that we have looked at it, it’s probably one of best locations in Washington where you could put a disc golf course,” Gorden said in June.
The course has the potential to draw in visitors from around the area, Gorden said. He said disc golf is a sport growing in popularity and pointed to St. Clair expanding its existing course.
Dunkle said there is no time line for the project, but workdays would help push the project forward.
The city wouldn’t have to provide any funding, outside of labor.