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Parks and Rec. launches new disc golf initiative, updates on Cardinal Park

Zach Vance • Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department introduced a new disc golf initiative that includes buying nine mobile disc golf baskets at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

“This is a new program we’re going to be running. We are going to keep all of our disc golf equipment and everything here at Winged Deer Park and we’re not going to change that course at all,” said Sam Miller, recreation services manager. “All of the new baskets we got, we’re doing what we calling a ’disc golf initiative’ where we’re trying to build awareness of the sport.”

Miller said the plan was to begin hosting satellite disc golf events with the baskets at various locations around the city, including Founders Park and Willow Springs Park.

Miller said the department was able to buy the mobile baskets directly from the manufacturer, Dynamic Discs, at a discounted rate. The  baskets only weigh approximately 50 pounds and have a single wheel for easy mobility. 

“(The company) said they liked to partner with municipalities and different civic organizations,” Miller said. 

A “prototype” disc with the city’s logo on it, which Miller said the department could sell at some of the events as memorabilia was also passed around.

The Disc Golf Club at East Tennessee State University is also partnering with Miller’s program to help promote the events, construct the courses and offer guidance to anyone new to the sport. 

Miller said the first disc golf satellite event will take place at Founder’s Park sometime in late May or early June, though no date is set in concrete. 

For more information on the disc golf initiative, call Miller at 423-283-5820.

Winged Deer Park disc golf course will host the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship in September 2017. 

Jim Hughes, city manager of TVA Credit Union Ballpark, told the board about flooring upgrades and new furniture Boyd Sports, LLC, the company hired to manage the stadium, had installed inside locker rooms at the park, formerly called Cardinal Park. 

Hughes said the flooring installed was called “Tuff-Flex,” a rubber flooring resistant to damage from cleats.

“It’s been used in the golf industry some and then they’ve installed a round-tipped vinyl-type flooring in the entry way,” Hughes said. 

Photos of a new black leather couches with the Cardinals logo were also shown to the board during a slideshow. 

James Ellis, assistant director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said the vacant lot at 111 Legion Street beside the ballpark will soon be turned into a parking lot for the nearby Tweetsie Trail head and overflow parking for the stadium. 

Ellis said a few more steps need to be taken and it should be completed in two to three months. 

Hughes said about 2.5 miles have been cleared for a future bike trail at Winged Deer Park, and said he is hoping for it to be completed by August.

SORBA, a nonprofit promoting biking and mountain biking opportunities, has helped with some of the clearing, he said. 

Email Zach Vance at zvance@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow Zach Vance on Twitter @ZachVanceJCP. Like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ZachVanceJCP

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