GREEN RIVER — The Green River City Council discussed installing a disc golf course at the Scott’s Bottom Nature Area during a Council Workshop Tuesday night.
Local disc golfers Rick Yoak and Kevin King explained several ideas to the Council, including the installation of an 18-hole course. The Green River Parks and Recreation Board has already unanimously approved the proposal.
According to King, Green River is the only city along I80 in Wyoming that does not have a disc golf course. If the 18-hole course is approved by the City Council, it will be the only city in Southwest Wyoming with an 18-hole course. Currently, Rawlins, Rock Springs and Evanston have 9-hole courses.
King said the course would work with Green River’s master plan to increase revenue and tourism, as the popularity of disc golf has skyrocketed in recent years. He said many people travel to different courses or look for courses as they are already traveling.
Other benefits of the course would be helping clean up the Scott’s Bottom area, providing more recreation for Green River residents, and that it could easily co-exist with other activities in that area.
Additionally, he said it could be used in school P.E. programs and even host tournaments. King said it could be incorporated into Flaming Gorge Days.
Green River Parks and Recreation Director Brad Raney said the Sweetwater County disc golfing group has offered to raise funds for it and do the maintenance of the park.
“I really appreciate citizens in the community trying to make something happen,” Raney said.
Raney added that the land in Scott’s Bottom is designated for recreational purposes.
“The land has to be used for recreational purposes, so this absolutely fits under that,” he said.
However, Raney and the City Council want feedback and opinions from the residents of Green River before moving forward with a decision.
Yoak said they will be asking local businesses to sponsor a hole to pay for installation, which will be about $700 to $800 per hole. They are also discussing raffling a rifle and other fundraising efforts. Yoak and King are currently trying to raise around $12,000 for the installation of the course.
Steve Core, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board Chairman, also said the disc golfing group should consider presenting the idea to the school district’s rec board for additional funding. He said the City and SCSD No. 2 have partnered on projects before, and this could be another one. He recommended Yoak and King get on the agenda for the next rec board meeting to present the idea.
Concerns raised by the Council included who would be responsible for on-going maintenance, increased traffic in the area, disturbances to the wildlife, and safety hazards for people using the course.
The Council plans to act on the request at the February 16 regular council meeting. The Council is asking residents to contact them with comments and input on the proposal for discussion at the meeting. Contact information for the Council members is available on the city website.
Construction of the course will begin in the spring if it is approved by Council.