September 3, 2014

Grant funds being used to improve disc golf course

Tim Barnum
Disc golf baskets have been recently installed at the Au Gres disc golf course using funds from a Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe grant.
Tim Barnum
Although grant funds were used to remove some trees at the disc golf course, it remains a heavily wooded course.
Tim Barnum
Mulch walkways are also being installed using grant funds.
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Au GRES — A grant received from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 2012 is being used to make several improvements at the Old Airport Disc Golf Course in Au Gres.

City Manager Pat Killingbeck said the grant, which was for $10,000, has already been used to remove some trees and install baskets.

“We had to cut trails, make a path back through the wooded areas,” she said. “We put wood chips in. We had to concrete the baskets in.”

Prior to the installation of official disc golf baskets this spring, disc golf players were throwing at poles or homemade baskets, Killingbeck said. It was also tough to navigate the course due to the abundance of trees, she said.

“It was pretty rough,” she said. “It’s been there for a while, but it was handmade baskets and there were no trails.”

Despite some of the recent work, Killingbeck said the course remains heavily wooded.

More work is planned for the coming months, she added.

“We still have more things to do,” she said. “We’re trying to work on a parking area. The parking area is pretty limited.”

“We’re going to put in a couple of benches, and we’ve had a couple of things donated,” she added. “We’re going to put a sign up for the starting point, a few things like that.”

The work to improve the course started this spring, and the community has pitched in to help, Killingbeck said.

“A lot of volunteer work has been done on it,” she said.

According to Killingbeck, since the baskets have been installed and the project has picked up, more and more people have been playing at the Old Airport course.

“There have been people from all over the state, even actually from other states that have been coming,” she said.

Killingbeck said although the course has been open for several years, a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.

The disc golf course is located at the end of Industrial Parkway in Au Gres.

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