Byron park board members (from left) David Sletten, Dan Mesenburg and Tom Harris stand at the site of the city's first disc golf course. Photo by David Richards.
By David Richards
Just behind Second Street Pizza off Hilldale Court, Byron's first disc golf course is taking shape.
The course, which is located at Klingvall Park, is expected to be completed within a month and will feature seven holes.
"As we were looking at our parks, we wanted to see what we could offer the community as far as variety," said Dan Mesenburg, chair of the city's park board.
Byron already has several parks with playground equipment, and Mesenburg said it would cost $30,000 for new playground structures at Klingvall. The old ones have been there since at least the 70s, Mesenburg said, have become non compliant and will soon be removed.
"It's a safety issue," he said. "Metal can cut people, and wood has splinters."
So instead of dishing out tens of thousands of dollars on new playground equipment, park board members Tom Harris and David Sletten proposed a disc golf course.
The cost is roughly $5,000 to $7,000.
"It was kind of a naturally good fit," Sletten said. "We're excited about it."
Sletten said the plan is to hold a grand opening in conjunction with Good Neighbor Days, set July 17-21, and perhaps even host a tournament. But the course should be open for play in mid June.
Two pro disc players from Minnesota helped the park board design the course.
"It's supposed to be short, but challenging," Sletten said.