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Proposed disc-golf course in Ross up in the air

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 10:23 p.m.

Opposition to a proposed disc-golf course for Evergreen Park could cost Ross more than $15,000 in state grant money.

About 50 residents who live near the 35-acre park on Evergreen Road cited negative environmental impact, a lack of parking, noise, vandalism, litter and the hazard of flying discs as reasons why they don't want the course near their homes. They spoke at a Thursday community meeting.

“We're retired, and we don't want to see the value of our home go down,” said Kitti Fenk, 67. She and her husband live within 30 feet of the park.

If township commissioners drop plans for the $31,000 golf course, they would have to return the $15,500 in grant money for the project, said Parks and Recreation Director Eloise Peet.

Several residents and disc-golf players attended the meeting and argued that the course would be well maintained.

Paul Harkins, 38, the Ross resident who proposed putting a course in the township, said disc golfers diligently maintain their own courses and that other courses are “spotless.”

“A lot of disc golfers are adamant about picking up trash,” he said.

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, except that players use Frisbees or discs instead of balls.

The golf course was proposed in a 2012 Parks and Recreation plan and funded by a state grant from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which the township received last year. The grant of $72,350 — which includes $15,500 for the course — will be matched by the township and will fund parking and trail improvements.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or kshea@tribweb.com.

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