Twp. Board wants more discourse on disc course

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Although several board members say they support the plans for a new 18-hole course on township-owned land off Wilson Street, they held off voting on it Monday night in order to flesh out insurance coverage, contractual details and the cost of building a parking lot there.

Rob Underhill, president of the Lakeshore Disc Golf Club, said he was disappointed that the board postponed a decision. His club would be responsible for designing, building and maintaining the proposed course.

The township's Parks and Recreation Committee is recommending the plans for the new course. The township would provide a 20-space gravel parking lot, along with the disc golf baskets and poles that were removed from the course at Rycenga Park in August.

The township purchased 120 acres on the south side of Wilson Street, about a quarter-mile west of 174th Avenue, in the 1980s for future industrial development. The disc golf course would occupy about half of that property, according to the preliminary drawings.

Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma said she wants to maintain the option of future industrial use, for which the property is currently zoned. No rezoning is required for a disc golf course, according to the township attorney.

“I don't want that to forever become a park,” Boersma said.

Township Supervisor John Nash said the use would be monitored on a “year-by-year” basis.

“If in the future there is industrial expansion, then we would use it for that,” he said.

Nash unsuccessfully pushed for the Township Board to vote on the proposal Monday night, with some contingencies.

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