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Putting around town

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By Special to the Monitor

Los Alamos’s Miniature Golf Course is open for play.

Located at the recently upgraded East Park, the course is open for anyone at no charge who has their own putter and ball.

Scorecards are available at the park in a wooden box near the start of the course, as well as at the Aquatic Center front desk.

Those who don’t have a putter or ball can rent them at the Aquatic Center for $2.

The idea for building a mini golf course came about from Parks Manager Dick McIntyre when the East Park Master Plan was being updated several years ago.

“We had stored the old playground equipment from assorted sites at Overlook Park for years and I had the thought of using them for a mini golf course, but never really had a site to build on,” McIntyre said.

Changes around the site to add other buildings meant the East Park Master Plan needed to be updated, McIntyre said. When walking the site last year, he said he realized his idea for the mini golf course could replace the rarely used and mostly abandoned tennis courts that had been at the park for many years.

McIntyre presented the idea to the Parks and Recreation Board last fall, which endorsed it.

County Council approved the idea and crews began working on reconstruction of the park in December, removing concrete and reshaping the old tennis court.

The project also includes a new outdoor basketball court and a pavilion to go alon along with new landscaping.

When he was looking for a theme for the miniature golf course, McIntyre said he recalled the county had stored many pieces of old playground equipment.

Residents often voiced a desire to see the old equipment re-purposed including an old stagecoach and a pumpkin carriage.

“We rescued the old equipment and prepped and painted it for use as obstacles for the course,” McIntyre said.

“We used the old parks building at the former County Annex to paint the equipment during the winter, between snow storms.”

Costs to build the course and park improvements were less than $20,000.

In-house funds were used to purchase backstops, resurface the basketball courts, purchase artificial turf and build the pavilion.

Landscaping costs came from the Parks landscaping budget.

Additional stored materials also were utilized, he said.

”We used left-over concrete paver blocks that were stored at the old skate park for the borders and pathways, along with stones leftover from the skate park,” McIntyre said.

“We also collected rocks from the Canyon Rim Trail work and used them as part of the mini golf course landscaping.”