In an effort to expand opportunities for area residents to enjoy the municipal lake parks, the Memphis City Council on September 7th voted to move forward with a pair of new additions at Lake Show Me and at the Old City Lake.
The City is partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation to construct a new archery range at the Old City Lake. The council also approved an agreement with 3ONE7 Discs for the creation of a new 18-hole disc golf course at Lake Show Me.
The new shooting range for bow enthusiasts will be constructed east of the dam at the Old City Lake as part of a $4,993 Community Archery Grant from MDC.
The total price tag for the project is estimated at $7,851, with nearly $3,000 in the form of in-kind labor to be provided by city crews.
Target holder materials were budgeted at $1,300 with $2,220 for concrete and supplies and additional $500 for lumber and roofing materials. The grant will also provide an additional $500 for backstop materials and paint as well as construction and installation of a prep table for archers to utilize.
The range will feature a single shooting line with four separate targets at varying distances. Each target will be four feet by four feet and is 12 inches thick and will be installed on a concrete pad and under a roof to preserve it from the elements.
Part of the city’s portion of the grant will be construction of a parking area adjacent to the range.
The agreement with 3ONE7 Discs out of Kirksville calls for the purchase of 18 Dynamic Discs Veteran cages, which are certified by the national association, meaning the course will be able to host sanctioned tournaments.
Donny Powell of the Kirksville Disc Golf Club indicated members of his organization have volunteered to help install and construct the course and install the baskets and flags.
The course has been designed on an approximately 31 acre peninsula of ground on the south side of the lake. Hole distances will range from 215 feet to the mammoth 834 foot hole number 11. Total course length would be an estimated 7,407 feet, offering roughly three miles of walking on the 18-hole course.
Organizer Michelle Drummond noted that materials have been donated to help with the construction of a pair of bridges that will connect two separate sections of the course.
Initial cost estimates for the baskets, flags, tee signs and additional navigation signage was $7,353.
Drummond stated a portion of those costs is expected to be recovered through advertising opportunities at the course.
Powell said the lake backdrop combined with the various tree lines and other natural hazards will help create a number of signature holes, which golfers will be challenged by and can act as a drawing card for participants from across the region.
“Those signature type holes are what golfers remember,” said Powell. “They will be what everyone is talking about and definitely will help draw more people to your course.”
Powell pledged to host at least one or two tournaments annually at the new facility in an effort to draw more participants to town and help generate tourism revenue for the community.
Construction on both projects is expected to begin this fall.