Make the most of it: Upcoming improvements to Keizer Rapids Park disc golf course


Capital City Disc Golf President Daniel Schoonover is spearheading a project to make improvements to the Keizer Rapids Park disc golf course.

Capital City Disc Golf President Daniel Schoonover is spearheading a project to make improvements to the Keizer Rapids Park disc golf course. (KEIZERTIMES / Matt Rawlings).

Since its inception in 2009, Keizer Rapids Park Disc Golf Course has been considered a Crown Jewel by the Salem-Keizer disc golf community. However, members of the Capital City Disc Golf Club felt that the course could use some improvement.

“This is an excellent property. It is probably the best disc golf course within 30 minutes of here. But some of our members have asked us to make improvements to the course and get more involved here.” , said club president Daniel Schoonover.

After moving their weekly league to Keizer Rapids Park this summer, Capital City Disc Golf, a nonprofit in Salem, decided to start a fundraiser to make improvements to the course.

Along with the tee box upgrades and the installation of a few benches, Schoonover’s main task was to raise enough money to replace the 18 baskets, plus a practice basket, with brand new championship-level baskets. from Innova Disc Golf.

The club predicted it would need to raise $ 11,000 and, at the time of publication, had less than $ 1,000 left to meet that goal – Schoonover said most of the funds were raised by members.

“It’s great that our members got involved in this project and were willing to donate and fundraise,” said Schoonover.

Capital City Disc Golf has received generous donations from local companies such as Chadwick Construction, Walsh and Associates and Rick Day with Focus Consulting LLC. They also received a grant of $ 2,500 from the Keizer Parks Advisory Board.

Work on this project officially began in February when a multitude of volunteers spent several months cleaning up debris and repairing damage from the ice storm that hit Keizer in February.

“After the ice storm we noticed there was a lot of work to do here,” said Schoonover. “We had to clear a lot of branches and fallen trees. The storm also really damaged some of the baskets and tee boxes. “

Schoonover estimated that between 150 and 170 man hours were spent cleaning and repairing following the ice storm.

“We did a lot of work on the weekends,” Schoonover said.

The project is slated for completion in November and also includes 34 different basket locations, allowing participants to change the location of the basket on a specific hole.

“I’m really excited to see this come to fruition. It’s great for the club, but I want it to be great for everyone, ”said Schoonover. “I hope the improvements introduce disc golf to more people in the community.”

The city owns the current baskets, but has agreed to donate them to Capital City Disc Golf. The club hope to reuse the baskets in the near future to create a family-style pitch-and-putt course in an unused portion of Keizer Rapids Park that will feature shorter holes.

“They won’t have 300 and 400 foot bombers. He’ll basically have hits from 125 to 200 feet, which my eight-year-old daughter could do, ”Schoonover said.

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