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Group pitches disc golf course in St. Helens

Portland-area disc golfers hope to bring sport to McCormick Park

A Portland disc golf group is pitching the city of St. Helens to install an 18-hole course in McCormick Park.

Stump Town Disc Golf representatives presented their idea to the city in February to bring the popular recreational activity to town. The St. Helens City Council will hold a public forum on the topic on May 16 at 6 p.m. where residents can see the Stump Town plans and ask questions. Disc golf has grown in recent years, from an obscure sport to a popular pastime for young and old. With scoring similar to regular golf, disc golfing involves throwing specialty discs - heavier than the average Frisbee-brand- at targets with the goal of having as few throws as possible for each 'hole.' The number of disc golf courses more than doubled over the last decade. Many are located in public areas and are often free to play.

Stump Town is proposing the course to St. Helens because of the amount of available space in McCormick Park.

The group would install and maintain the course, including trimming of trees and the removal of invasive plants. The group said there would be no heavy construction equipment required in the course installation and only nominal landscaping would be required.

Columbia County has a disc golf course near Rainier at Trojan Park. For more information on that course and disc golf in general visit pdga.com/coursedetails?id=2428.