CHAMPLAIN — A nine-hole disc golf course will soon become an attraction to the Village of Champlain’s downtown.
The equipment has been ordered, according to Mayor Greg Martin, paid for with tobacco money that is also helping fund a playground.
“People were looking for someplace to take their kids, and this just seemed right,” he said about the playground project, which began about a year ago.
With Champlain Elementary School and St. Mary’s Academy both closed, village children no longer had a playground.
The village’s Community Garden, located between Main and Water streets, has proven successful over the past three years, and it brings people into the village center, Martin said.
He hopes the disc golf course and playground will do the same.
“It’ll brighten up the downtown; it’ll bring more people down,” he said.
The playground will be set up to the east of the garden, with equipment from both schools donated to the village and refurbished in-house.
Some pieces may be purchased, as well, the mayor said.
Fundraisers and money donated from local companies also contributed to the project.
“The Village Board has some flood buyout land, property that floods whenever we have an ice jam,” Martin said. “So it’s laying here undeveloped, and we decided that would be a perfect place for a playground.”
Once a federal buyout has taken place, with the homes and businesses either torn down or moved, no permanent structure can be placed there ever again.
Martin noted that the land hasn’t flooded in about seven years.
“We’ve been in the process over the past couple of months, when time allows, to dig a few holes … we’ve started getting ready to put (the playground equipment) in the ground,” he said.