“I don’t see anything but good coming out of this,” stated Shirley Clark, chair of the Parks and Streets Committee, about the possibility of having a disc golf course in Galion.
During the committee’s Jan. 29 meeting, members unanimously voted to send legislation supporting the installation of a disc golf course for City Council’s consideration. If it passes, the course would be installed at Amicks Reservoir.
The committee heard from local disc golfers during a previous meeting about the potential that such a course could bring to the community. Disc golf is a low impact, outdoor activity for all ages and skill levels, it will enhance park activities at Amicks, tournaments can be held which would create revenue for local businesses and there would be more foot traffic in the park.
Committee member Jon Kleinknecht said the reservoirs are not selling points for the community right now, so he would like to see a “top-of-the-line course” put in that will draw players from other communities to Galion.
Committee member Eric Webber added that Ohio is one of the top five states for disc golf players.
The disc golfers already have a 21-hole course mapped out that would take participants through most areas of the park. They hope to install a newer type of basket that other courses in the area do not have. As far as maintenance, there are parts of the course that are already being mowed by the city. For parts of the course that go into wooded areas, Webber (who plays disc golf) said most golfers pick up sticks and trash as they go through the trail.
An estimated $15,000 will be needed for the course, which includes the baskets and concrete pads. If Council passes the legislation, the goal is not to use any public funds for the course. Instead, local disc golfers have agreed to seek sponsorships from local businesses.
If they do not receive enough money from sponsors, the committee will need to consider using the Parks and Recreation Fund to pay the difference, which would require separate approval from Council.
However, Clark was optimistic about getting sponsors. “People came through for the skating ramps at East Park, they will come through for this,” she said.
The legislation is to be placed on Council’s Feb. 11 agenda.
In other matters, Clark said the signs at Cobey Park need painted. Some spot painting is also needed on playground equipment at other parks. This spring, the committee still intends to install horseshoe pits at Heise Park.