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Disc golfers still awaiting tee times at Firestone

COLUMBIANA — A disc golf course at Firestone Park is still in the planning stages.

Josh Dunn of the Birdfish Brewing Co. presented plans for the course during the recent park board meeting.

Birdfish has acquired the baskets needed for the course and has solicited area businesses for hole sponsorships.

Dunn and Birdfish co-owner Greg Snyder first presented the idea for a nine-hole disc golf (also known as frisbee golf) course at the park to city council in May of last year.

Since the creation of a disc golf course in Thompson Park in East Liverpool in years past, the sport has grown in popularity around the county, with others considering the feasibility of similar courses in their areas.

The object of the game is to get the frisbee into a metal basket from several or many yards away.

Dunn told the park board that the tee boxes will be 5 by 10 feet and constructed out of “grass” pavers which should be indistinguishable from the surrounding green area.

Park board members noted that advertising in the park is prohibited as a condition of the deed from Harvey Firestone. There was some discussion about the upcoming landscaping project in the park that is being overseen by the city’s Restoration and Beautification Committee alongside Terra Design Studios of Pittsburgh.

The board determined that the landscaping project must be considered in the layout for the disc golf course and opted to table the disc golf project until the landscape project is further along in its development.

In other business during the meeting, the board heard from Mark Edwards and Brittany Koch, who requested use of the park on June 21 for a benefit event for Kelly Hephner, who is currently off work as an EMT for the city due to a health issue.

The board approved the request.

The board also approved:

— A request from Caroline Ritenour for use of the pool on various dates throughout the summer for special needs pool parties and lessons.

— A request from Ryan Wolf, Columbiana High School baseball coach, for tree and stump removal from designated areas at the football stadium and behind the dugouts/bleachers and home plate at Legion Field.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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