Douglas County funds new disc golf course in Castle Pines

County will pay $300,000 of $650,000 project

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Castle Pines is on track to becoming a new destination for disc golf aficionados in the south metro area, thanks to funding from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

On Aug, 23, commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement for $300,000 for the construction of a regional disc golf course in Castle Pines.

The disc golf site construction project will include the disc golf course, a parking lot, drainage infrastructure in case of flooding, a trailhead and site amenities, said Steve Shoultz, assistant director of Parks, Trails and Building Grounds at Douglas County.

The 31-acre site will have restrooms, shelters and bike racks on Hess Road near Rueter-Hess Reservoir, he said.

In disc golf, players tee off from a specific location and try to get a frisbee in a basket in the fewest number of throws, Shoultz said. Representatives from Castle Pines said in a previous meeting that disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., according to Schoultz.

“There are sites around the metro area that see upwards of 12,000 rounds played a year,” he said.

The proposal was presented to the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board on March 7. The board voted unanimously to recommend commissioners approve the plan,  Shoultz said.

The Parks Advisory Board recommended partnership funding from the Park, Sales, and Use Tax because the amenity would provide a regional benefit, according to a staff report. The $300,000 intergovernmental agreement will cover almost half of the $650,000 total project cost, according to Schoultz.

“The community is very excited to get started with this and we hope with your approval this evening that we can get to where we’re breaking ground in October,” said Castle Pines Mayor Tracy Engerman.

From about 25 name submissions from the Castle Pines community, the city chose to name the park the Pronghorn Park and Regional Disc Golf Course, she said. The park will be free and open to the public with no reservations necessary, she said.

Commissioner Abe Laydon said Douglas County is able to create partnerships like this one with its municipalities because citizens approved a measure regarding open spaces, parks and natural resources several decades ago. Thanks to this measure, the county has several million dollars that it can use annually for partnerships to fund parks, he said.

“This is a perfect example of that partnership,” he said.

The Pronghorn Park and Regional Disc Golf Course is expected to open in 2023, according to the city’s website.

disc golf, Castle Pines, Douglas County, open space, parks, natural resources, IGA

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