Plans for mini-golf course move forward

Trivia night fundraiser set for Sept. 27

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 18, 2018

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Plans for a miniature golf course at Lake Front Park are moving along.

The Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation — an independent organization designed to enhance the community for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses — has raised money the last couple of years to bring the mini-golf course to the park.

To date, the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation has raised $130,000 for the construction of the mini-golf course. GPW Foundation President Lisa Fuller said the foundation needs between $150,000 and $160,000 in total for the entire project. Fuller said that once the course is up and running, the city will take ownership of it.

Amusement Construction, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the company that will construct the putt-putt course. While the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council has given approval for the plan to move forward, the foundation still needs to receive final approval from the council regarding the contract between the builder and the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation.

The city of Grosse Pointe Woods owns Lake Front Park, which is located on Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. Therefore, the foundation also has to seek approval from the St. Clair Shores Planning Commission.

Grosse Pointe Woods officials have compiled some preliminary numbers as far as how much the miniature golf course will bring in revenue, plus how much it will cost the city. Grosse Pointe Woods Director of Public Services Frank Schulte said one mini-golf game will be priced at $2 per player.

It’s estimated that will bring in approximately $9,600 in revenue to the city. It will cost the city about $19,573 to run the putt-putt course. The $9,973 difference will come out of one of the city’s operating expenses. Those numbers could change based on how many residents use the course.

The ultimate plan is for the mini-golf course to be open during spring, summer and fall, but not during the winter. The miniature golf course will be about 7,000 square feet in size and will be constructed in a rectangular area along the north side of the park’s Activities Building. There will be concrete sidewalks between holes and carpeting for all holes. The equipment will include 60 assorted putters, nine dozen assorted color golf balls and 5,000 score cards.

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 has been tapped 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.

Initially, the foundation wanted to install an 18-hole mini-golf course, but after several meetings with city officials, it was decided that a nine-hole course would work better. The plan is to break ground in the spring of 2019. Organizers have targeted the new miniature golf course to open in May 2019.

The foundation members feel that a mini-golf course will enhance park amenities and will also be enjoyable for community members, including families and senior citizens. According to the project specifications, the new golf course will feature nine standard putting cups, four red 5-inch penalty cups and one bonus cup.

The Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation has been involved in other projects to benefit the city. Fuller said it’s not an exclusive group and that other members of the community are encouraged to become involved.

The group’s next fundraiser will be a trivia night conducted by Quizzo on Sept. 27 at Bogart’z Food & Spirits, 17441 Mack Ave. in Detroit.

The fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $40 per person and includes pizza, salad, two drink tickets and a professionally run trivia competition with prizes. Players will have a chance to win prizes in a tin-can style raffle, plus bid on the sponsorship of a hole on the soon-to-be miniature golf course.

To register for trivia night or for more information on the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation, visit gpwfoundation.org.

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