WHEATLAND – The Wheatland Town Council will discuss the possibility of allowing local volunteers to build a miniature golf course near the municipal pool at their upcoming workshop.
Wheatland resident Tom Bramlet spoke at Monday’s Council meeting to request permission for the use of land on the north side of the pool. He said that the 18-hole miniature golf course is a project he has been working to get approved for the town, and that approval for the facility is overdue, and emphasized that the facility would provide a safe activity for local youth during the summer months.
“I think it is time,” he said. “It would be great to have something for the kids to do in the community.”
Bramlet said that his proposed plan would utilize volunteers and donations to fund the initial construction of the course. The City would then provide lighting, fencing, and maintenance for the course, and the Parks and Recreation Department would oversee admittance and monitoring. Per his proposal, the facility would be open in conjunction with public pool hours, so that visitors could purchase tickets for the course at the pool’s front desk.
He estimated that the golf course would be able to maintain itself, with the admittance prices covering the cost of any ongoing maintenance and employees that would be hired to monitor the area.
While the option for obtaining grants to help offset the estimated $20-25 thousand it would take to build the facility is being explored, Bramlet said he felt that obtaining enough volunteers and donations to pay for a course would not be an obstacle too great for the completion of the project.
“I think that this is a good enough cause that the community will get behind it,” he said.
He added that he has already contacted Platte County School District #1, and hopes to recruit students who will help design and build features as part of their current classes.
The Council decided to table discussion on the possibility of allowing the use on the land until March 21, when they will be holding a workshop. They will discuss the various requirements of a miniature golf course, including lighting, and ensuring that the facility meets American Disability Act requirements. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, and is open to the public.
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