Walking trails, outdoor fitness equipment and disc golf are a few of the upgrades awaiting visitors to Lakewood Park in Tecumseh.
Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Canada 150 fund and matching money from town council, the perimeter of the former Lakewood Golf course now features more than a mile of paved pathway with several unpaved trails weaving through the park’s interior.
Town crews have added benches, a pedestrian bridge and a climbing rock along with 18 holes of disc golf.
Paul Anthony, the town’s director of parks and recreation, says while some people have already taken aim at the chain-link targets associated with disc golf, the course doesn’t officially open until May.
“We haven’t done all the drainage work yet or gotten all the signs up,” he said.
When everything is in place, Tecumseh will be the first local community to offer the popular hybrid of golf and Frisbee. While there are 350 permanent courses in Michigan, the next closest Ontario facility is in St. Thomas. There are 60 permanent courses across the province.
Using discs smaller and heavier than the traditional summer beach toy, players strive to glide their discs inside the cages in the fewest throws possible.
Players “tee off” from cement pads and holes are measured in yards just like regular golf.
The Ontario Disc Golf Association presented an online feature on Lakewood’s layout, measuring 5,185 feet with a par of 55. The longest hole…
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