ESCANABA - Ludington Park is being considered home for a disc golf course, also known as Frisbee golf. The city's planning commission held a public hearing and approved a site plan for the proposal at its regular meeting Thursday.
Disc golf is similar to golf but uses various-sized frisbees which are thrown into galvanized steel baskets, explained Recreation Director Tom Penegor as he presented the site proposal for approval. "It is a very popular sport," he said. "It started in 1975. There are approximately 2,500 courses in the nation."
Penegor said disc golf enthusiasts have been playing the sport in the park with portable baskets. A permanent course would provide area residents of all ages with an opportunity to use the park more in a physical activity.
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The Escanaba Planning Commission considers the site plan for a proposed disc golf course in Ludington Park on Thursday while portable equipment for the sport is displayed at city hall.
Penegor added there are travel teams in the area, including Harvey, where a disc golf course has already been established. He expects the sport to grow more especially with the upcoming installation of a course at Pioneer Park.
Jonathan Harris, member of the recreation advisory board, proposed the disc golf course at Ludington Park to the rec board. Harris, a disc golf player himself and owner of a sporting goods store, said the sport is growing in the region and a course at the city park will draw players to Escanaba. Harris added the proposed course is unique because every basket is alongside the water.
The nine-basket course is proposed to begin near the east side of the band shell parking lot going northeast along the lake, ending southwest of the beach house. Baskets would be 200-250 feet apart from each other. A practice basket is proposed to be installed at the west end of the band shell parking lot.
Cost of the project is estimated at $4,000 to be funded through donations and fundraising, said Penegor.
The proposal will be brought before council for consideration.