ISHPEMING — Another step in the creation of a new addition to Ishpeming’s Al Quaal Recreation Area was taken this morning.
The Ishpeming City Council unanimously agreed to apply for two grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to help fund an improved eighteen-hole disc golf course and accompanying training course at the Recreation Area.
“It’s about a $50,000 estimated cost to build it, so the grant will help us by cutting the cost significantly for the community,” said City Manager Mark Slown.
“Al Quaal is part of our overall mission as a group to develop a disc golf destination in Marquette County,” said U.P. Disc Golf Association President Tim Kopacz. “It’s an outdoor recreational haven here, and disc golf is going to be a part of that.”
The Council also approved an MSU Sustainable Built Environment Grant to help get some conceptual ideas from architects and designers to give the City options for development of the Lake Bancroft area.
“Each little thing is like a building block that helps strengthen the city, so that over time we have a more sustainable and more enjoyable place for people to live,” Slown added.
The results of the DNR grant applications are expected in December. Hopes are high that the new Disc Golf course could be up and running next summer.