Officials scout disc golf locations

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

Local disc golf course designer Everett Lasley took a number of local officials on a walk-through of James D. Beville Park in Leitchfield on Thursday, April 21 to discuss his vision for where the proposed Leitchfield disc golf course and its various holes would be.

Then, during the regular Tuesday, April 26 meeting of the Leitchfield Tourism Commission, officials discussed what they had taken away from the walk-through.

According to Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, Lasley’s proposal is to install the first nine holes of the disc golf course near the park’s pavilion, and add another nine holes later in the general area of the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park and Leitchfield Ballpark Complex.

With a total of 18 holes, the local disc golf course would be able to host tournaments, which is Lasley’s goal; however, the Tourism Commission has not made a final decision as to whether it wants to pursue building all 18 holes in the near future or only the first nine.

Leitchfield Tourism Commission Chair Ryan Bratcher said it was also determined that, due to a property line issue discovered during the walk-through, the last several holes of the course will have to be redesigned.

No action was taken by the Tourism Commission on the disc golf course during the April 26 meeting.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said the Leitchfield Lions Club recently voted to fund the construction of a sand volleyball court in James D. Beville Park at no cost to either the city or Leitchfield Tourism.

*Johnson said that, during Thursday’s walk-through of James D. Beville Park, she found an ideal space for a local ampitheater to be built near American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park and the Leitchfield Ballpark Complex. No action was taken on this matter.

*Johnson announced that the 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m., and the grand opening of American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park will be on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at 10 a.m.

*Johnson said Leitchfield Aquatic Center will open for its 2016 season on May 28 at 1 p.m. Additionally, officials are in talks to possibly begin serving Dippin’ Dots at Leitchfield Aquatic Center.

*Johnson said Elvie Shane Payton has been hired to perform at the City of Leitchfield’s birthday party on Leitchfield Public Square on Friday, July 15 (the night before the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship).

To accommodate Payton’s performance, as well as allow vendors to set up early, Johnson said she has requested to have Leitchfield Public Square closed to traffic at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on July 15 rather than the usual 5:00 p.m. As of press time, this request had been neither approved nor denied.

*The deadline for local grant applications to be submitted to Leitchfield Tourism is the end of this month, Johnson said.

By Matt Lasley

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Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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