WATCH NOW: Pleasant Prairie Park is home to the village’s first disc golf course | Business

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Snowmelt. Chirping of birds. Sunny sky. Hot winds.

As the weather shifts from winter to spring, that can only mean one thing as the village prepares its new playground with rounded objects, chain-link and above-ground baskets waiting for you as you gather you, your family and a group of friends. (Hint: it’s not basketball)

At the west end of Pleasant Prairie Park, on 108th Avenue north of 84th Street, is the village’s first disc golf course, which was nearly completed in October and will soon open to the public this spring.

The nine-hole par 3 course, although smaller than some in the surrounding area, is “a somewhat difficult and technical course” with its share of trees and other topographic features of the terrain and line of sight, according to the Public village. Construction Manager John Steinbrink Jr., who provided the Parks Commission with an update on his progress Tuesday night. The Commission voted unanimously declaring the course ready for use this spring, weather permitting.

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“We are very happy to have him. We just wanted to make the commission and the rest of the public aware that this is something that is comprehensive,” he said. “As soon as the ground thaws, it will be ready.”

The disc golf park is part of a development plan for Pleasant Prairie Park, which added 4.4 acres to the previous 22-acre property on the northwest side of the village.

Other improvements at the west end of the park include leveling, seeding, and tying in the property, which had ended at 104th Avenue and is now extended to 108th Avenue. The east end of Pleasant Prairie Park also underwent upgrades in October with two previously gravel parking lots receiving an asphalt overlay improving other already established amenities of the youth soccer field, basketball hoops, tennis courts, a playground and green space. Sanitary facilities have also been added.

At the west end of the park, a new east-west gravel road that intersects most of the course is currently closed to motorized vehicles, so no golf carts can drive there at this time. But, it is currently open to foot traffic, Steinbrink said.

“It’s closed right now and we’ll have to set a schedule for when we want to open it,” he said. “Right now it’s closed because the grass (around it) is still getting established. The last thing we want is someone walking in there at night and can’t see well, maybe get out of the way and do some damage.

“It’s accessible to pedestrians, but we don’t have a deadline to open it,” Steinbrink said.

Soon to come with the village disc golf course will be the scorecards. Steinbrink said he eventually hopes to work with a sponsor to help pay for distribution costs. A route map should also be available online with park signage.

Steinbrink said he had never played the sport, which is popular among local fans, who had to travel to other facilities nearby, until he tested the new course in the village. Other courses in the area are on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus in Somers and Lincoln Park in Kenosha, both 18-hole courses.

“I had never played before that first day and was still able to throw a Frisbee halfway to where it needed to go without too much distress or too much loss on the disc,” he said. he declares.

“It’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to be there,” he said of the upcoming Village Parks and Recreation season. “There are a lot of sports that we get older at, and like me, we can’t play. Here’s something I think I can accomplish, and maybe other people (too), for years to come.

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