About the Grant
In October 2012, the Perkerson Park Disc Golf Course was awarded a $46,500 grant through Park Pride. The grant money will be used to complete installation of the permanent disc golf course by installing concrete teepads, permanent signage, informational kiosk, benches, trash cans, and other course amenities.
The grant is a matching grant, meaning it requires $46,500 in direct donations, donated services and volunteer labor. Part of the matching portion is a required $8,000 in direct cash donations – which we are currently fundraising. As of 12/29/2012, we had raised approximately $500 of the $8,000. Please consider making a donation or purchasing a disc (100% of proceeds benefit the course).
The Permanent Course Vision
Once completed, Perkerson Park will feature a world class 18-hole disc golf course capable of holding a National Tour PDGA event. The course will be free to play and open to the public. The course will have two sets of teepads to accommodate advanced level and beginner/intermediate level players.
Most holes will feature multiple basket placements to add variety and combat erosion. Teepads will be concrete, the gold standard in disc golf courses, in trapezoid shape measure 12’x6’x4’. Each teepad will have its own informative sign with pertinent hole information displayed in a custom design that is both artistic and sturdy (vandalism resistant).
Additional course features are an informative kiosk at the beginning of the course, trash receptacles, benches and a practice basket.
Where Does the Project Stand Now?
Course installation began on January 1st, 2012 and has progressed slowly but steadily through 2012. The area approved for the permanent course was different than the (already clear) temporary course area we used initially. About half of the land area for the permanent course consists of moderately sloped, heavily wooded terrain that was extremely overgrown and impassable in many areas. After spending over 500 hours clearing the invasive species from this area (mostly Chinese Privet) using hand saws in early 2012, all of the fairways have been cleared in the wooded area. Many downed trees still remain and are in the process of being removed. Permanent baskets were installed in February 2012. Temporary teepads were added in May 2012, for the long (advanced) position only at this time and the short (beginner) teepads have been marked. Temporary signage was added in July 2012. As of December 2012, we are working with the city on the final plan for implementation, and construction of the concrete teepads should commence early in 2013.
As of December 2012, the course is fully playable but rough in spots. The course is playable by all levels, but not all beginner teepads are marked. Advanced players will fully enjoy the course in its current state; beginners may find it intimidating. There remains significant clearing and removal of undergrowth in the course area.
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When Will the Project Be Completed?
As of late December 2012, we are working with the city to finalize construction plans for the course. Construction is expected to commence in early 2013 and should take less than 90 days to complete. The course will hopefully be completely finished during Spring 2013.