May and June will see the formal dedication and opening of two new facilities in our local park system, and I predict that both will be very popular with our residents.

May and June will see the formal dedication and opening of two new facilities in our local park system, and I predict that both will be very popular with our residents.

On Saturday, the new disc golf course in Wilbur Young Park was dedicated. On Sunday, our first disc tournament was held. This facility began as a concept on the Young Park master plan some 20 years ago. A lot has changed and happened in those years. We have attempted to fund and build this two times previously without success.

A few years ago members of “Into the Blue” and “Stand-Up Blue Springs” got behind the project. They formed a committee of community members including our department and some staff from the school district. An application was written for a small federal grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which was successful. The Rotary Club provided a cash donation, and the City Council approved a small amount of city funds. School district building trades students helped build the concrete tee boxes. The Kansas City Flying Disc Club assisted with layout and sign designs. Park maintenance staff provided for general construction. Boy Scouts from Troop 58 helped to build a foot bridge, and the Blue Elk District Scouts placed mulch on trails for the course.

The result is an 18-hole disc golf course in a nice, wooded site on the north end of the park. The course features a technically difficult course with two tee boxes per hole and two basket locations to be rotated per hole. The course will be a great family activity and difficult for the advanced player depending on basket placement. The facility will be open daily with no fees except for tournaments, clinics or lessons. The initial expense of getting started in disc golf can be very cheap and range up to a few hundred dollars for a full range of discs. It only takes a few hours to play a full 18 holes and is great exercise. Come see, come play, come enjoy. Remember “Whoever has the most fun, wins” in disc golf.

Now let’s jump a few miles north and a few weeks later to Gregory O. Grounds Park on June 5. We will dedicate the new trail around Lake Remembrance and our bike route system, which was completed late last year, after 10 years of planning, work, construction and documentation. June 5 is Natural Trails Day, and a very appropriate day for our event. This trail is approximately 1.5 miles with great views of the lake and nature. We will meet at the south end of the lake just off of Jefferson Street at 10 a.m. for a brief ceremony. Following the program there will be a 3k walk for fun and a 3k bike ride both around the lake, along Adams Dairy Parkway, along Duncan Road back into the park to finish the event. Come join in the fun, get a little exercise and enjoy a beautiful day. See you on June 5.