Disc golf throws Little Falls City Council into discussion

Staff Writer

A disc golf course was one of the biggest discussions for the Little Falls City Council Monday, but no action was taken.

Councilman Frank Gosiak told the rest of the Council that local businesses were planning to donate money for disc golf baskets, in exchange for signs with their names on the baskets, and that he thought it should be on the city’s property on Prairie Drive, located in the northeast part of the city.

The property is next to the land the Minnesota Department of Transportation donated to the city.

City Engineer Greg Kimman said there was no specific plan in mind when the city bought the 13-acre property, but using it for a recreation area was an idea.

Gosiak pointed out the benefits of the idea.

“The support’s there. It’s minimal maintenance, 12 local businesses want to supply the baskets and one nice thing about these baskets is that they’re removable,” Gosiak said.

Using donations to build this would mean the city wouldn’t have to pay for it, Gosiak said.

“I think the first question is, is this where we want to put a disc golf course,” Council President Jeremy Hanfler said.

He said this was the first he had heard of a disc golf course.

“All of a sudden we’re getting donations for a disc golf course,” Hanfler said.

Kimman and Gosiak said it was in the 2017 budget and the idea of disc golf had been part of the Park Department’s plan.

“Do you want to accept donations from 12 businesses in this town that are willing to do that, or don’t you?” asked Gosiak.

He said this is how it should be done, having something funded before it comes to the Council.

“I would think the Council would want to know what was going to happen before you start getting money,” Councilman Wayne Liljegren said.

After the Council got an idea of the size of the course, which would wind through much of the property, Mayor Greg Zylka said he was concerned if the city needed the property for something else like a skate park or splash pad, that they wouldn’t have space for it.

Gosiak said they could move the disc golf course to LeBourget Park or out by the Little Falls Golf Course if needed.

Councilman Leif Hanson said he would like to see a plan and get an idea of how much it would cost. He also said he believes the area should have more things to do there.

“That land has been annexed into the city and along with that, I think there should be some new amenities,” Hanson said.

Councilman Loren Boyum said after seeing the number of people playing disc golf at the Belle Prairie Park, he thought there was plenty of interest in the sport from residents.

Kimman said he would get an estimate on what the total cost of the project would be, and Gosiak said he would show the other Council members the layout of the potential course by walking through the site.

  • J. SKI

    Frank Gosiak, once again, backing his sister, Kathy and her “playground”.

    For City Engineer Greg Kimman to say “there was no specific plan in mind when the city bought the 13-acre property, but using it for a recreation area was an idea.”…not a word of truth.

    All one has to do is go back to the VanRisseghem agenda of 2010-2014. What started out as a “splash pad/skate park” started by the “Mayors’ Youth Task Force” turned into the following:

    On Jan 16, 2014, “From the Mayor’s Desk” (VanRisseghem):

    “The Little Falls Area Recreational Complex is a newly-formed task force assigned to develop a use for the donated 22 acres of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) property located north of Little Falls. Their recommendation was a playground, splash pad/all wheel skate park, baseball fields, trails, disk golf, community center and doggie park, with bathrooms and more. The Youth Task Force’s main focus is developing and implementing the playground, splash pad and skate park. It has received a playground design, proposed park layout, a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund, a $100,000 donation from Paul and Emily Twitchell for the playground and is organizing a citywide garage sale, May 17.”

    Another comment from the mayor on May 1, 2014…”The Mayor’s Youth Task Force is committed to developing the playground, splash pad and all-wheel park without taxpayers’ money.”…so much for that plan since the “Parks & Recreation” dept. allocated $20,000 over a period of 2 years for maintenance of just the playground area.

    Remember…Greg Zylka was on the City Council, and anything that would benefit Kathy VanRisseghem’s agenda would also be a benefit to him, his family, and his neighbors. The fact is, Mayor Zylka and the City Council approved donations to his “own playground”, adding 4 baseball diamonds to the Belle Prairie Soccer “Complex”, for 20,000 cubic yards of dirt, and a donation to the Little Falls School District for the specific use for the Belle Prairie “Complex” in the amount of $33,000. The school district owns the land that the “Complex” is on, and the sprinkler systems for that “Complex” were part of the latest school referendum.