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Frisbee fiends have new course to play in Grandview

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Gunner Chronis holds up the putter, driver and range discs used in Frisbee golf. He was among a group enjoying the new disc golf course at Grandview's Dykstra Park last week.

GRANDVIEW - Seeing a need for additional activities that can be enjoyed by both youth and families, Grandview High School graduate Jake Wagner last year worked toward the goal of adding a Frisbee golf course to Grandview's Dykstra Park.

He wanted to provide Lower Yakima Valley residents with the opportunity to enjoy a sport he came to enjoy when living in Springfield, Ill. The process of obtaining support from the city and business leaders went well, according to Wagner. But, he wasn't able to see his high school senior project to completion before graduating. Instead, the reality of the course was made possible last week through the generosity of the community.

Local churches, such as Grandview Christian Church, also supported Wagner's efforts. Members of that particular church last week installed the baskets for the course.

Many of those baskets were purchased by various community members and organizations before Wagner solicited funding for the project last December.

The cost per hole was approximately $110, according to Wagner. Each hole consists of a basket on a pole for the purpose of catching the Frisbee discs.

There are three discs used in the game of Frisbee golf...the driver, the range disc and the putter. He said the difference between the three discs is weight.

Wagner also noted there are professional Frisbee golf tours. If the course at Dykstra Park meets professional tour standards, there is the possibility groups will be willing to pay a fee to use the course.

Mike Carpenter, Director of Grandview Parks and Recreation, said the course is a regulation nine-hole course with four four-par and five three-par baskets, also known as holes.

"There is potential for tournaments, but this is primarily for recreation," he said, adding the course was a community project that will benefit residents of all ages, as well as others living in the Lower Valley, looking for a family activity.

"Anyone from age two to 102 can play," said Carpenter, stating Frisbee golf is an activity families can enjoy together.

He said community members can reserve the discs from the Parks and Recreation Department, but can use their own discs if they desire.

Carpenter said the regulation discs can be purchased online at discgolf.com.

All that remains to be installed on the course, he said, are signs and reflectors. Central Pre-Mix donated the concrete used for the project, Grandview Lumber Co. donated the tee markers and the church group installed the baskets, which were purchased with the help of community members and organizations.

"This is a good way for people to exercise...it's good for eye-hand coordination and it is good for fellowship," Carpenter added.

The Grandview Rotary Club also assisted with the project, handling donations for the course.

"I am really excited because anyone can play Frisbee golf," said Wagner.

Grandview Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Gretchen Chronis has already taken advantage of the course and said, "This is one of the best family-friendly amenities available at the park."

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