BRATTLEBORO >> On Saturday, a unique ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the Rotary Disc Golf Course at Living Memorial Park. Members of both Sunrise and Noon Brattleboro Rotary Clubs, along with other volunteers who helped create the course, gathered on Saturday morning at the invitation of the Town of Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Director, Carol Lolatte, and Town Manager, Peter Elwell.
Lolatte thanked the Brattleboro Rotary Clubs for their donation of funds to purchase disc golf baskets to create a 13-hole course around the park. Lolatte also thanked the Rotary Club and many other volunteers for working to design and create the course throughout the park. The new disc golf course was created through the donations of both Brattleboro Rotary Clubs. Volunteers from the clubs and disc golf enthusiasts cleared fairways in the woods around Living Memorial Park this past July.
Elwell thanked the Rotarians and reflected on the long history of strong collaboration between the town staff and both Rotary Clubs.
"For this project, we should recognize Paul Ethier and his parks maintenance team for working closely with the Rotarians to make this course come together so quickly," he said.
Lolatte opened the ceremony by remarking on how much of the park has been donated by Rotarians over the years. "Just this past spring, Rotary donated the train play structure which has been teeming with kids all summer."
The list of projects contributed by Rotarians listed by Lolatte include: the rope-tow, the water-park play area of the pool, the newly installed train play structure, the Rotary Outdoor Theater, the scoreboard in the Skating Facility, fencing along Guilford Street, the Bruce Campbell Memorial Sundeck in front of the Kiwanis Shelter, and donations to capital improvement projects for the playground, dasher boards at the rink, the bleacher system at the rink, and the West River Park.
Ricky Davidson, Chair of the Recreation and Park Board, remarked, "Rotarians have such a strong presence in our community, contributing to many important causes."
Damon Kindopp, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club and Jeff Hagstrom, president of the Noon Rotary Club, celebrated the collaboration of the two clubs and thanked Josh Traeger and Rob Szpila for leading the efforts.
Szpila and Traeger awarded special edition Living Memorial Park discs to volunteers who helped create the course. Participants were invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony by throwing their discs through the ribbon on the first target basket at the park. Participants enjoyed a tour of the course and free disc golf lessons from Christian Greaves.
The two Brattleboro Rotary Clubs are holding a disc golf tournament on Oct. 16 and are seeking sponsors. The proceeds from the tournament will support the Rotary partnership with the Pine Ridge Native American Indian Reservation and Scholarships.
"We're really excited to work together to raise funds, using the course we just built together," said Traeger.
"I think our community is really going to enjoy this course," said Szpila. "And with the charity tournament, players can come test their skills while raising funds for these important causes."
Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring can contact Greg Worden at firstname.lastname@example.org.