, 2022-08-24 08:00:00,
Several items on the work session agenda prompted the Fredericktown City Council to discuss additional ideas for use of the sports complex.
There was a proposal for a Fredericktown Disc Golf Course to be created in the wooded area behind the new ball fields.
“Disc golf is a growing sport,” Mayor Travis Parker said. “It has been made popular by, believe it or not, YouTubers on the internet. They really helped the sport propel. Popularity was also driven by the fact that it does not cost a whole lot of money to get started.”
Graham Punches and Al Kennon approached the city with the proposal. The packet of information provided is for an 18-hole layout with concrete tee-pads, signage, beautiful fairways and walking paths. The estimated cost is $20,000 to $25,000 and the proposal says sponsors could help ease the financial burden.
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“They are looking at an 18-hole, championship level, frisbee golf course located in the wooded section out behind the sports complex,” Parker said. “There are parking lots over there and plenty of space. It would go out towards City Lake and then make a loop back around.”
Parker said, he was told there are two or three courses in the area that are considered qualifier courses for bigger tournaments. He went on to say these qualifier rounds are said to bring out close to 200 players, per course and within a few years it would be possible for Fredericktown to be added as a fourth location.
“At the end of the day, if you have people who are traveling to come and play, it’s businesses that are getting sales for restaurants and stuff like that,” Parker said.
Alderman Rick Polete brought up the topic of maintaining the courses and asked City Administrator James Settle his thoughts on the idea.
Settle said, there is no doubt it is a growing sport and he thinks it would be a good spot for one. He then added that grass would be the easiest to maintain and he does not think it would be too difficult to keep up with.
Polete added, it would be nice to have the area available to the community as both a disc golf course and a wooded walking trail.
The general consensus of the council was in favor of the idea and Parker said he would move…
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