The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 5, 2013

Covington looks into disc golf

BY ROSE SCHMITT newsroom@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — City council members heard a request Tuesday from John Covault and R.T. Orr to bring a disc or Frisbee golf course to the city park.

Covault said disc golf is just like golf in that players throw discs from a tee position to a target basket.

“It’s fun and it’s free,” Covault said. “It also is a fun way to get exercise. Attica has a nine-hole disc golf course in its Ravine Park.”

The main items needed to create a course would be the tee markers and goals. Covault said he priced equipment online for $2,600 for tee markers and targets at one website. Both gentlemen said they knew others who would be interested in playing in Covington and added they would help in any way they could to bring a course to the park.

Council members didn’t have any objections to looking further into developing a course. Councilman Dale White said he would get together with park superintendent Jeff Congleton to discuss the best locations at the park. White promised he would keep in contact with Covault and Orr.

In other business, city council members:

n Received a $500 donation to the city park from Henry Schmitt on behalf of the Covington Fourth of July Celebration Group. Schmitt said the group “had a very successful celebration this year, especially on the Fourth of July.”

The celebration group funds itself through an advertisement booklet, local donations and carnival proceeds. This year, $8,000 was spent on fireworks and almost $10,000 was spent on entertainment. Next year, the Fourth of July Celebration will run for seven days from June 28 through July 4.

n Approved the bid from Kelli Pinkerton and her pool crew to paint the city pool for a cost of $1,500 plus materials. White said the last time the pool was painted it cost $7,500.

n City council members will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 for their next regular session.