Nine baskets, or “holes,” have been installed in the ground at Green Acres Park as part of the new disc golf course. The course was designed and implemented by the city’s Department of Public Works. The proposal was pre-pandemic, but COVID-19 put plans on hold.

Nine baskets, or “holes,” have been installed in the ground at Green Acres Park as part of the new disc golf course. The course was designed and implemented by the city’s Department of Public Works. The proposal was pre-pandemic, but COVID-19 put plans on hold.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Disc golf course installed at Green Acres Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published July 11, 2021

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HAZEL PARK — One of Hazel Park’s most popular parks has a new attraction in the form of a disc golf course.

Proposed and developed by the city’s Department of Public Works, it was installed this year at Green Acres Park, located at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., and officially opened June 25.

An increasingly popular sport, disc golf challenges participants to throw a plastic disc similar to a Frisbee at disc baskets built into the ground. The Hazel Park course features nine holes.

Alissa Sullivan, a member of the Hazel Park City Council, said in an email that the new attraction has already been well-received.

“This was a proposal brought before council for approval before the pandemic in 2019. Unfortunately, the pandemic slowed down the installation, but it did not stop it,” Sullivan said. “A huge thank you to our DPW for taking this project on, from design and layout to installation. This is a park that I personally walk multiple times a week, and I have seen dozens of people using this course, even before the baskets were installed. I think that really speaks to the enthusiasm for this sport!”

She said that when the proposal came before her, the benefits were clear.

“Disc golf encourages people to be outdoors, and it doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment to enjoy, although some discs can be costly. And it really can be enjoyed by many different age groups and skill levels,” Sullivan said. “Our course specifically is designed to be an intermediate course that is great for newbies, as well as more skilled disc golfers who are looking for a new course or a quicker game.

“I think this is a fantastic addition to our community,” she concluded, “and I’m really glad to see so many residents and non-residents coming out to our city to enjoy one of our parks.”

Luke Londo, a fellow council member, said the course is a great new quality-of-life initiative.

“The Green Acres disc golf course is another example of Hazel Park’s commitment to building community and offering unique activities that can be enjoyed by our residents and their families, as well as by patrons from surrounding communities,” Londo said in an email. “As we continue to implement our Parks and Recreation Master Plan, it’s important to ensure that we are offering exciting activities that transcend age and ability, and that are accessible to all.”

Prior to the pandemic, at the end of 2019, Hazel Park dedicated another major addition to its park system: a state-of-the-art playscape at Scout-McPherson Park, just east of Hazel Park Junior High School, located at 22770 Highland Ave., north of Interstate 75 and south of Nine Mile Road.

That playscape was built with a $350,000 grant from the Sutar-Sutaruk-Meyer Foundation, historically one of the city’s most loyal supporters. The grant’s value was maximized with sweat equity from the community, with volunteers working together that summer to assemble everything under the supervision of managers from the design firm Leathers & Associates.

The final product featured a zip line, a mirror maze, a double slide, a snake tunnel and numerous other attractions. It was hailed a huge success — but then 2020 brought the pandemic, and drove people back indoors.

In a statement promoting the disc golf course, Hazel Park City Manager Ed Klobucher said he’s looking forward to that changing soon.

“We’re happy to present this new activity to our residents who, after the past year or more, are — I’m sure — looking forward to all that the city offers outdoors,” Klobucher said. “It’s going to be a great summer in our parks. And I know that I’ll be out there, too!”

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