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April 11, 2013

Parks Board discusses new projects

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Woodward, Okla. — A NEW MINIATURE GOLF COURSE

No timeline was stated as to when the new bridge/pier might be placed at the park. However, Riffel said that the new miniature golf course could potentially be in place by this summer.

He told the Parks Board that a new mini golf facility was already included as part of the 20-year Crystal Beach Master Plan.  But he said the timing of the project could be moved forward, if the city were to take advantage of "an opportunity that has come to us (because) the contractor on the Boiling Springs Golf Course also has built miniature golf courses."

Riffel said he has spoken with Ron Matthews, the general contractor with Eagle View Golf about potential areas where the mini golf could go.

"Originally we were thinking of placing the new miniature golf course on the east side of the lake," the city manager said.  "But now we're looking at the same area near the old bridge on the south side of the park, south of the new toddler playground area, because it is one of the most under utilized areas in the park."

Placing the new course there would require the relocation of some swing sets and a picnic table, Riffel said.  But it would also better incorporate the mini golf facilities with the rest of the park and the trees in that area would help to provide shade for those playing on summer days, he said.

The city manager said Matthews and Eagle View Golf are already "coming up with some renderings for us" of the potential layout and look of the new course.

One benefit of potentially engaging Eagle View Golf to handle the relocation and redesign of the miniature golf course, Riffel said, is that "It would offer cost-effectiveness if they were to do it while they were already here."

In fact, he said that if city crews handle most of the site work, the project could be done "at a cost point that the city does not even have to bid it out."

And if the city acts quickly to move forward on the mini golf project, Riffel said Matthews "said they could get it done by July."

The parks board then voted to approve sending a recommendation to the Woodward City Commission that the city pursue going ahead with the miniature golf relocation and redesign.

"I think it's a fabulous idea," board member Polly Cruse said.  "Having a new and improved miniature golf course will help bring people out to play."

Board member Lester Neill also seemed excited about the project.

"It's something else new that's going on and being built in the park, like the new softball fields, and people are happy when that happens," Neill said.

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