With funding from the Washington Lions and Elks clubs, the city’s park board signed off on a plan to transform Burger Park into a disc golf course.
At the Dec. 7 park board meeting the board unanimously supported a proposal to build a disc golf course at the park. The board’s recommendation will be passed along to the city council who will have the final say on the matter at a meeting in 2018.
Shawn Gorden, a member of the Lions Club, told the board that $20,000 in funding has been secured between the Lions and Elks clubs. With council approval, the 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.
Gorden said he’s an avid disc golfer and thinks Burger Park would make “an excellent course.” He said the game is growing in the area and pointed to St. Clair expanding its existing course.
If the course is built, he predicted an influx of county and regional people coming out to play.
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.
Gorden said the golfers tend to take good care of their courses. He said it’s not uncommon to have cleanup days and fundraising tournaments to help pay for improvements to the course.
The course design is still being discussed. Gorden said he envisions a sign near Highway 100 to alert drivers about the course and hopefully a tee box at the top so people can see golfers playing.
The terrain and location are both “ideal.” Gorden said an 18-hole course would feature a variety of unique holes and would be easily located just off Highway 100.
Dunkle 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 onto a new one.
Dunkle said the city wouldn’t have to provide any funding, outside of labor.
The park board enthusiastically supported the plans. Board member Tessie Steffens thanked Gorden for getting the funding.
As a bonus, the park board said a new course would allow the city to have more memorial benches. The city has had sponsored benches in the past, but has run out of room to place them.
Dunkle said the council will likely vote on the project at its Jan. 2 meeting.