Pickerington's newest edition to its parks and recreation programming will be unveiled May 28 when the city's first disc golf course opens at 4 p.m. The course is located at Simsbury Park on east Route 256 under the city water tower.

Pickerington's newest edition to its parks and recreation programming will be unveiled May 28 when the city's first disc golf course opens at 4 p.m. The course is located at Simsbury Park on east Route 256 under the city water tower.

Although a ceremonial grand opening is expected later this summer, disc golf enthusiasts can start playing on the 37-acre course tomorrow.

It features 18 holes designed by Paul "Beard" Jay, president of the Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, who has designed or assisted in the design of numerous central Ohio disc golf courses, including ones in Grove City, Hilliard and Newark.

City officials hope the course eventually will host professional disc golf tournaments. Its short tees measure a combined 5,148 feet and the long tees stretch to 6,748 feet approximately one-third the size of a traditional ball golf course.

"All the baskets will be set and we'll have at least temporary signage up for the tees and greens," Pickerington city engineer Greg Bachman said. "We feel it's going to be one of the best disc golf courses in central Ohio."

Over the past year, Simsbury Park was carved out of previously undeveloped land. The disc golf course includes wooded areas, a 50-space parking lot, elevated tees and greens and doglegs left and right.

The total cost of the park, including the parking lot, was $255,113, according to city officials. The course itself cost $57,878 and the parking lot cost $197,235.

The city's cost to construct the course was $45,600. The remaining $12,278 was covered by a NatureWorks grant Pickerington received from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Bachman said the park and disc golf course will be open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no fee to play the course, either during its completion or after the remaining signs and other amenities are added.

"We just ask people to respect the park and the neighborhood," Bachman said.

The city will provide temporary scorecards for disc golfers to tally their totals. Bachman said the cards will be available in a mailbox at the beginning of the course.

City officials expect to officially name the disc golf course at the as-yet unscheduled grand opening ceremony.

"We're working on that with a couple of companies that are interested in naming rights," Bachman said.

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