Disc golf course opens in park

Frisbee golfers, grab your discs.

After four months of coordinating and a week of manual labor, a Frisbee golf course is the newest addition to Loudy-Simpson Park.

"We had some people out there playing during the weekend," said Steve Grandbouche of Moffat County Parks and Recreation. "Once the word gets out, it could be a popular thing."

The joint project by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office of Moffat County and Moffat County Parks and Recreation is a nine-hole course on the west side of Loudy-Simpson.

Extension Director Elisa Shackelton played on the course with her children earlier this week.

"It's a lot of fun, but some of the grass is a little tall," she said. "You just need to watch your Frisbee as it lands or you can lose it in the grass."

As part of its Moffat County on the Move Program, the CSU Extension Office allocated $3,000 of a Healthy People 2010 grant for the course. Moffat County donated the land at Loudy-Simpson for the course and it had a crew install the baskets.

"We saw it as a good way to give people a reason to exercise," Shackelton said. "Frisbee golf is popular on college campuses and parks all over. The course opens up a new part of Loudy-Simpson that not many people use."

The baskets were completed last week, but a grand opening is still a few weeks down the road.

Before the grand opening, a kiosk will be added to the course. The kiosk is part of Clay Sanders' Eagle Scout Project.

Other planned additions include local sponsors for each hole.

"The sponsors will help us add to the course," Shackelton said. "We hope to add that signage soon, as well."

The course, which starts near the west picnic facilities, is away from the normal walking paths at Loudy-Simpson, but Shackelton said walkers should keep their eyes open.

"Just know that if you are walking on the course, there could be some discs around you," she said. "It's not really a path for just walking."

Playing on the course is free, and in the future, it will be available for nonprofit groups to host tournaments.

Those interested in sponsoring a hole should call Shackelton at 824-9180.

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