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Disc golf course proposed for park on Weaver Road

June 29, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA.

The Antrim Township Supervisors' park committee has shown favor to a family's proposal to create a disc golf course at the park on Weaver Road, providing for participation in a sport, the family says, that lends itself to participation by all generations.

"It's the best sport I've ever done. ... The camaraderie with disc golf is phenomenal. I've been pretty amazed by it," said Greg Lescalleet of State Line, Pa.

Installation of the course could cost $10,000 for signs and the basket "holes," but upkeep would be minimal and focused on trimming, the Lescalleets said.

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It also costs very little to participate in the activity, with some people opting to use beach-style flying discs instead of the 10-inch-diameter ones specially designed for the sport, Brad Lescalleet said.

"We travel as far as three hours with the group we play with," Greg Lescalleet said. "You have a potential to get a lot of people in here."

Brad Lescalleet told the township supervisors Tuesday that they have the potential for a new demographic to visit the township.

"It's a lifetime sport, which people of all ages can play," he said, noting the sport can yield weekly leagues or tournaments.

The course, with holes an average 300 feet apart, maintains the topography and natural features of the land, so participants "play in a park instead of a bulldozed" property, Brad Lescalleet said.

All the holes would be installed along walking trails, and the average footprint for a course is one or two acres, the Lescalleets said.

"The park committee is actually pretty excited about it," Township Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer said.

Solicitor John Lisko encouraged the supervisors and township staff to ensure the activity would be covered by their insurance policy.

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