The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 123, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 28, 2013 Page: 6 of 40
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Disc golf course designer visits
park in review for April installation
Disc golf course designer Patrick Kitten
visited his newest project here on Friday—
the Canadian Disc Golf Course at Centenni-
al Park on Houston Street. Kitten has been
working on the course design and decided to
pay the site another visit last week, just to
see if the plan he envisions on the drawing
table makes sense in the hilly, tree-shaded
park area on the north side of town.
In an effort to improve this community’s
recreational facilities and to reduce mainte-
nance costs, City Council members agreed
last summer to convert Centennial Park
to a disc golf course, and to remove the old
wooden structures that once stood at the cen-
ter of what visitors knew more familiarly as
Completion of the disc golf course, and
the addition of new playground equipment
at Jackson Park on the other end of town, is
scheduled for next month. In preparation for
installation of the concrete tee pads, pipes
and heavy chain baskets that will mark the
new nine-hole course, city crews have been
clearing brush and old, dead trees, and se-
lectively removing others that fall below a
certain trunk diameter. Most of the trees
will remain in place, providing a leafy ano-
py which, along with the park’s topography,
will provide an interesting and challenging
course for disc golf fans of all ages, ranks and
Kitten toured the course Friday, check-
ing and tweaking the placement of the tem-
porary flags that mark the course’s tee pads
and holes. With the help of City Street Su-
perintendent Wes Wallace, he marked a few
more trees for removal—still fine-tuning the
course design that he promises will be “one
of the best in the region.” In another part of
the park, other city employees were gather-
ing the discarded trees and brush and run-
ning them through a chipper.
Kitten carried a bag filled with about 16
color-coded discs—each one designated for
a different purpose. The discs are similar to
Frisbees, but are made from high-tech mate-
rials and vary in thickness and weight distri-
bution according to their intended use. Kit-
ten is a self-described disc golf fanatic and
a 14-year veteran of the sport, in which he is
ranked as a “grand master” on the competi-
In photos above, disc golf course designer Pat-
rick Kitten tours the Centennial Park site with
City Street Superintendent West Wallace, and
later unpacks his bag of discs to take a test run.
The disc golf course should be installed some-
time next month.
PHDTDSBY LAURIE EZZELL BROWN
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