LANSING, Mich. — Ingham County officials plan to build a new disc golf course intended to increase traffic in an underused park.

The project should start this spring and should last one year.

County officials say disc golf is a popular sport.

The county already has a course at Burchfield Park in Holt and thinks adding one to Lansing Lake Park is a great use of space that is not often used.

District 11 Commissioner Emily Stivers said the new course would be aimed at a wider range of people than Burchfield’s.

“There’s a really passionate community around it and it’s accessible to people with a wide variety of abilities. Kids as young as six can quickly master the sport,” Stivers said.

Stivers says people who use wheelchairs can also easily play the game.

The Lake Lansing disc golf course will be aimed at beginner to intermediate levels, while the Burchfield course is for more experienced players.

Joe Cleary uses the Lansing Lake Park trails for skiing, biking, and hiking.

He says he’s seen how much fun people have in Burchfield Park with disc golf and thinks it will be a big hit at Lake Lansing.

“They run right past where you walk and I’ve seen people using them and they look like they’re having fun!” Claire said.

Cleary says the trees at Lake Lansing will make the course difficult for players.

“Those narrow paths where you have to run the disc through and between those trees? It sounds tough,” Cleary said.

A prize of $50,000 has been set aside for the project.

“The $50,000 will cover 18 targets. 18 concrete starting surfaces, 18 starting boards and a card stand. Bins, benches and that kind of equipment for people to take a break and rest,” Stivers said.

Stivers says some of that money will be used for erosion control and environmental impact at Lansing Lake Park.

Officials say the golf course will be a lucrative business for the county. They are expected to realize a full return on investment of $50,000 within the first three months of operation.

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