Groundbreaking marks construction of mini-golf course

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 11, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — After almost four years in the making, there will soon be a new miniature golf course at Lake Front Park for Grosse Pointe Woods residents and their guests to enjoy.

On the late afternoon of June 3, Grosse Pointe Woods city officials and members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation, including President Lisa Fuller, gathered at the park for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the mini-golf course.

The Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation is an independent organization designed to enhance the community for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses. Members worked together and with the city for the new putt-putt course to come to fruition. The city of Grosse Pointe Woods owns Lake Front Park, which is located on Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.

Fuller said $150,000 was raised by private donors to fund the construction and pay for the labor of the new miniature golf course. The money that was raised is a gift to the city of Grosse Pointe Woods.

“This is a wonderful addition to the city done at the expense of the donors to the foundation. I know council is happy to have this donation. It’s going to be a really nice thing. We appreciate it very much,” said Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Bryant, who was present at the groundbreaking. “There is no city money involved.”

The nine-hole mini-golf course will be built on the north side of the park’s Activities Building. Amusement Construction, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the company that will construct the putt-putt course. Duro Construction, based in Shelby Township, has been contracted to excavate the site. Organizers anticipate that the course will be completed in mid-to-late July. At press time, city officials had not confirmed how much the charge to play would be.

“There will be a charge (for residents) to play,” Bryant said. “It’s undetermined at this time. That money will be used to maintain the course and pay the employees who are operating the course.”

Mark and Kevin Zmyslowski, whose family is providing the $25,000 signature sponsorship of the course, were present at the groundbreaking, as was Grosse Pointe Woods City Council member Richard Shetler Jr.

Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation board members Dave Schumacher and Jim Jenkins, who attended the groundbreaking, are coordinating all elements of the installation, Fuller said. Also present at the June 3 groundbreaking were Grosse Pointe Woods Parks and Recreation Supervisor Nicole Gerhart; Foundation member Jeff Bloom and his son, Benjamin; LeAnn Zmyslowski; Kevin Zmyslowski; Peter Ahee, and Mark Fossee.

As his Eagle Scout project, Grosse Pointe North High School student Colin Jambekar will build the nautical-themed scorecard stands. Grosse Pointe Woods Beautification Commission member Rochelle Koester was selected to design a low-maintenance landscaping plan with a variety of flowers chosen for each of the three seasons that the course will be in use: spring, summer and autumn. According to organizers, the new course will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a 4-foot fence will be built around the course.

According to Fuller, other major sponsors of the course are A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Peter Ahee, Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers, Kevin and Barbara Hendrick, Mike and Lisa Fuller, Douglas and Margaret Rahaim, and the Original Pancake House of Grosse Pointe.

For more information on the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation, visit gpwfoundation.org.

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