CRANBERRY TWP — Ground was officially broken Tuesday afternoon on the Cranberry Township Community Chest's 2018 Project of the Year — a championship-level disc golf course and beginners' disc golf course in North Boundary Park.
“It's a tremendous asset not only for Cranberry Township but the region as a whole,” said Bruce Mazzoni, CTCC board member and township supervisor.
The group has already raised more than $200,000 of the $300,000 needed to complete the work. The fundraising campaign will continue through June, Mazzoni said.
The project includes an 18-hole championship disc golf course, a 6-hole ADA accessible, learn-to-play disc golf course and a 1-mile nature trail on an undeveloped 36-acre area on the western side of the park.
J. Gary Dropcho, designer for the North Boundary course, said the largely wooded championship course has been designed and staked already. They hope to start installing equipment in May, he said.
Each hole will have three concrete tee pads for intermediate, advanced and elite level players.
There's also more grading and landscaping work that needs to be done on the nature trail and throughout the course, which they also hope to begin in May, Dropcho said.
The championship course will be more than 10,700 feet long, making it the longest course in the state and one of the longest in the world.
“Although it'll be a very rigorous walk through the 18-hole course, it'll be a beautiful, scenic walk,” Dropcho said.
Work should be complete on both courses by the fall, Mazzoni said. Dropcho said designers hope to complete the learn-to-play course first, then finish with the 18-hole course.
The Community Chest is partnering with Pittsburgh Flying Disc, a regional disc golf association dedicated to expanding the sport, to design, promote and manage the course. Pittsburgh Flying Disc will work with the township parks and recreation department to host workshops, clinics and tournaments, Dropcho said.
Disc golf group members will volunteer their time to install equipment on the course once it's ready, Dropcho said.
They hope not only to make the course a destination for disc golf players across the region and the country, but to grow the sport in the community with the ADA accessible 6-hole learn-to-play course, Dropcho said.
This is the eighth project for the CTCC. Its last Project of the Year — the SportCourts at Graham Park — will be dedicated Saturday.