4B Board agrees to fund disc golf course
By: Sherrie Williams
Iowa Park will soon be the home of a golf course of a different kind, a disk golf course, pending the city council’s approval.
Iowa Park Community Development board members voted Tuesday evening during their regular monthly meeting to fund $23,000 for the nine basket disc course and four additional baskets and discs for W. F. George Middle School.
The nine hole disk golf course will be build south of Lake Gordon dam.
Disc golf is played with a frisbee-type plastic disc that is thrown for distances raging from a couple of hundred feet to several football fields; to complicate the game, trees and shrubs, water hazards and even the natural terrain and weather conditions are used to challenge players of the game.
According to information presented by Park Director Robbie Mathews, disc golf courses often share acreage with walking, and biking paths and nature trails. He explained that the courses do not require the labor intensive and costly maintenance many other sporting fields or courses do.
Mathews told CDC board members the sport is being taught at the middle school, however they do not have proper equipment and are using alternate items.
Also, during the meeting Madison Yandell of the Iowa Park FFA program requested financial assistance with a Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholar project at Rotary Park.
Yandell told members she is one of 10 youth selected state wide for this program and to complete the program she must plan, fund, and complete a community service project.
The city council recently approved her project of making improvements to Rotary Park which will include landscaping, improvements to the baseball diamond and possibly the basketball goals, and benches. Yandell said she would like to also create a soccer field in the park.
She told the board her original goal was to raise $3,500. However, she exceeded that goal, so she set a higher goal of $4,000 which would make it possible to do additional improvements at the park.
Board members surprised Yandell when they voted to give her the same amount $5,000, they gave Molly Dutton, who did a similar project at Foley Park, though the same FFA Ford Leadership program two years ago.
The funds are pending council approval.
A third request was heard by the board from Iowa Park Little League president Tim Sheppard.
Sheppard explained the Little League fields are in need of several improvements including back stops, remodel concession stand, electrical panels, covering the bleachers on the t-ball field, cover picnic area, new field lighting, and repave driveway. He also told members of their long term plans which would include extending the size of the field, building a new field, a 20 x40 foot building to be used for meetings, etc., repave driveway, and a play ground area.
Because the improvements will be on private property, not public, the group will need to apply for a matching grant from the CDC board.
The grant provides for up to two $5,000 matching grants, a year.
The board approved a $5,000 matching grant, pending approval of the council.
Board members told Sheppard after the first $5,000 grant is used he should apply for a second grant, before the end of the board fiscal year.