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July 10, 2013

Crystal Beach update topic at parks board

Woodward, Okla. — Members of the Woodward Parks and Beautification Board are excited about the ongoing changes at Crystal Beach Park.

Parks Board members received updates on the new miniature golf course, a new bridge/fishing pier for the southwest side of Crystal Beach Lake, and the new softball complex during their quarterly meeting Tuesday morning.

City Manager Alan Riffel began with the update on the new miniature golf course, which is being built on the west side of the lake, south of the toddler playground area.

"All the holes have been poured," Riffel said.

The next steps include covering the putting areas with artificial turf and completing the landscaping around the course by laying in mulch, he said.  Workers will also have to complete lighting installation which will make it possible to allow night play on the course.

However, Riffel said it will likely be a few more weeks before the new mini golf course can be opened for play because of a delay in receiving fencing for the perimeter of the course.

"We're looking legitimately at the end of August for opening," he said.  "And the fence is the hold up on that.  We're having to wait to get it in and installed before the course can be completed."

However, the city manager seemed to think the new mini golf course will be worth the wait.

"It's going to be really neat," he said, explaining that it will incorporate "a new style of play."

Instead of the traditional mini golf experience, where players must try to putt the ball off of or around different obstacles in order to reach the hole, Riffel said the new course is designed to offer more subtle putting challenges that are similar to those faced on a real golf course, such as hills and slopes and curves.

Parks Board member Ronnie Brittain said he recently viewed progress on the course and had spoken with others who have seen it as well.

"Everybody's impressed with the way it's looking," Brittain said.

Doug Mohler, with the construction contractor Eagle View Golf, who was working at the site on Tuesday, also said he has heard positive reaction from the community.

"I have not heard one negative comment about the project and I've been working here for what, almost 6 weeks, and have had hundreds of people come up to me to talk about it," Mohler said, noting, "they all seem pretty excited about it."

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