Members of Breckenridge’s Active Living Committee, Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Ambassadors along with a representative from Partnership 4 Health, Fergus Falls, Minnesota gathered Tuesday, May 23 for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the city’s new disc golf course, located in Welles Memorial Park.
The new recreation course was built with the help of many area businesses and volunteers. Children’s artwork is on display on tiles at each tee box, made possible through a grant from Art 4 Health.
The nine-hole course is located in the park’s east end, away from where the county fair activities are placed each summer.
It has water hazards as some holes are near the river, so players need to watch their disc and know the path, Shawn Krause-Roberts, Active Living Committee member, explained.
“If their disc goes in the water we’re probably not going to be able to get that out,” she said.
Jeff Lofberg, an avid disc golf player, said when the baskets at the Wahpeton course were replaced, the old baskets were donated by Wahpeton’s Park and Recreation Department to Breckenridge. Lofberg was chosen to design the course.
“I had a few friends come and check it out, we liked it, and got the sponsors for all the baskets,”
The holes are between par 3 and par 5, with the hardest being hole 9.
The family activity only requires players bring their own discs, which are weighed as drivers, mid-range and putt or approach discs. Lofberg said locally Walmart carries them and Grippers Sports may be ordering some in.
“We had lots of businesses that helped,” said Lori Gefre, Active Living Committee member and city of Breckenridge employee. “Heitkamp Construction came in and did all of the concrete work. They volunteered all of their time, the rebar, the manpower, to do that. Rick’s Paint and Body did all the baskets, repainted them all. The city guys sanded them all down and put new poles on them to make them look nice.”
Patrick Hollister, Partnership 4 Health, thanked Springboard for the Arts, as well, which collaborates with Partnership 4 Health on the Art for Health program.
Cliff Barth’s Motor Magic donated poles, Auto Creation and Signs helped with labor and hole signage, MDI built garbage basket holders, and Farm City Supply donated a few of the garbage cans, Gefre added.
The committee also gave a special thanks to former city attorney Cynthia Clark, who came up with the idea to add public art to the project. She and Roberts went to St. Mary’s School and Breckenridge Elementary-Middle School and had the students paint water-themed art onto tiles, which are displayed on poles at each tee box.
“We are still looking for donations to do a larger (course) sign,” Gefre said.
After the ribbon cutting event, several people tried their hand at throwing the disc into the basket, and Mayor Russell Wilson proved to be a ringer by putting into the basket with one throw.
Krause-Roberts said the Active Living Committee is always looking for suggestions and ideas from citizens on what they’d like to see in the communities.
“We’re currently working on the bike path, from Veterans Park out to the CHI St. Francis Health campus. Bids are going out in June, so construction will start this summer and must be completed by June 30, 2018,” she said.
Fundraising efforts are still underway to raise the final $25,000 needed.
For more information or to donate to either project, contact City Hall at 218-643-1431.