On Wednesday, city council approved $6,000 in funding for a proposed six-basket disc golf course at Ecole College Heights.
College Heights Community Association chairperson Lisa Parker said the community association partnered with the Ecole College Heights parent advisory council to secure funding for the project, which will be open to the whole community.
“They didn’t have quite enough (money) to do it on their own,” Parker said.
The planned course will feature six baskets located in the upper and lower field of the school, she said. Each basket will have two tee spots, creating 12 playable holes. Parker said the plan is to have the course installed in September.
Disc golf is played similar to regular golf, but instead of hitting a ball with a club, players throw Frisbee-style discs and try to get them into the basket in as few throws as possible. The game can be played with regular recreational throwing discs, but dedicated players use specialized discs (drivers, mid-rangers and putters).
Once completed, the Ecole College Heights course will be the sixth disc golf course in Prince George. Rainbow Park is home to the nine-basket, 18-hole Rotary Disc Golf Course and smaller courses are available at Malaspina, Vanway and Edgewood elementary schools.
More information about disc golf events and equipment is available from the Prince George Disc Golf Club.
The city funding was part of $27,000 in grants distributed by the city from the more than 40-year-old Southwest Sector Reserve Fund, which was created to support recreation amenities in the southwest area of the city.
Other projects funded included playground projects at Peden Hill and Van Bien elementary schools; lighting for the College Heights Secondary School tennis courts; and park refurbishment projects in Vanway and South Fort George.