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Project Johnson helps prepare the city for Professional Disc Golf Association Championships

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The Kent County Parks Foundation is teaming up with Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United to promote Project Johnson, an ongoing campaign to raise money for renovations of the disc golf course at Johnson Park in Walker, Mi.
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About GRDGU: Grand Rapids Disc Golfers Unite, is a club and online community of disc golf players, distributors, and fans in the greater Grand Rapids area. Since 2014, Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United has been running our own summertime traveling league, tag league, and other special disc golf competitions.

About KCFP: Founded in 1999, the Kent County Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and improving parkland, protecting the environment, and preserving open space. We support the mission of the Kent County Parks Department, which is currently responsible for 38 parks and four inter-community trails. For more information, visit: http://www.kcpf.org

Grand Rapids, Mich., August 31, 2016 —The Kent County Parks Foundation is teaming up with Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United to promote Project Johnson, an ongoing campaign to raise money for renovations of the disc golf course at Johnson Park in Walker, Mi. The renovations will come in time for the Professional Disc Golf Association Masters World Championships in August 2017, which will feature Johnson Park and several other courses in the Grand Rapids area.

Project Johnson’s goal is to raise $13,000 by October 31st in order to restore the course to its former glory. The money would establish 18 new baskets, paved surfaces for tee pads, and any additional needs to ensure the course is up-to-date.

“Johnson Park used to be, and still is a great place to play disc golf. Unfortunately, due to past vandalism and lack of respect this course has been changed back to a post course, where you use a wooden post instead of metal baskets,” stated Scott Stacey, member of Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United. “As the sport of Disc Golf continues to grow, myself and the other members of Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United would love to see Grand Rapids get involved and help build the sport even more. There is no better way to achieve this than helping to restore Johnson Park”

In addition to a crowdfunding campaign on Razoo, GR Hobby & Disc Golf and Flight Risk Disc Golf Club, with the support of Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United, will sponsor a tournament to benefit Project Johnson at Brewer Park, in Grand Rapids, on October 1, 2016. This fundraiser is a two-round, disc golf singles tournament in which 50% of payouts will go to Project Johnson. The event features multiple player divisions, including: junior, novice, recreational, intermediate, advanced and open. Entry fees range from $25-$50.

The Kent County Parks Department has two additional parks, Brewer Park in Grand Rapids and Fallasburg Park in Lowell, that feature disc golf courses. These will also be included in the 2017 Professional Disc Golf Association Masters World Championships.

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