A planned disc golf course is a prime example of how a community working together can reach a goal.
A weekend volunteer workday is slated for Saturday and volunteers are expected to begin turning Burger Park into a disc golf course.
The Washington Lions and Elks clubs are pairing together to make the park a reality. Through the joint efforts, the Elks and Lions have raised $20,000 for the course. That money will be used to purchase baskets, signs, concrete for the tee boxes and landscaping.
Much of the physical labor at the course will be donated by volunteers.
The park design also will not be costly. The course would be designed by players and the clubs utilizing layouts of other regional courses.
In addition to providing a new source of entertainment, a disc golf course helps solve the problem of how to occupy the space at Burger Park.
Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle has said the city had been looking at ways to revive Burger Park.
The site is a former landfill and the city is limited on what uses there are at the park.
The city has been looking at removing the baseball fields and fencing at the park and relocating them elsewhere. Another goal had been to cut down on maintenance at the park.
Which makes disc golf ideal there because the course can be on the old landfill and golfers won’t be sliding around on the ground like baseball players.
Disc golf courses also have design features like regular golf course that include trees, long grass and other hazards.
The proposed course would reduce maintenance for city staff. Disc courses require minimal maintenance and just a simple mowing path to connect holes.
If there are any drawbacks, they are far outweighed by the benefits of a disc golf course in Washington.