NEFA Grants: 2014 Recap

2/9/2015 by mcmanus



The 2014 NEFA Large Grant Program provided four courses in NEFA-land with the funds needed to develop a new course, or make necessary improvements to existing courses!  Two of our four grants were provided to the newly formed South Kingstown Disc Golf Course in South Kingstown, RI and World War I Park in North Attleboro, MA.  The two other grants were provided to make necessary improvements to the courses at Mt Kisco DGC in Mt Kisco, NY and Otter Brook DGC in Keene, NH. 

South Kingstown DGC, a project spearheaded by Jimmy Blakeney, quickly saw 9 holes and a practice basket installed at the South Kingstown Athletic Fields in S. Kingstown, RI.  With the help of local players and the town, clearing for the layout was swift and 9 holes were ready to play by the Fall of 2014!  The future looks bright with the remaining holes already being cleared so look for a NEFA points event at the course this summer!


South Kingstown DGC, South Kingstown, RI

The town of North Attleboro, MA saw its first disc golf course installed at WWI Park in 2014.  With the help of the NEFA Grant, there are currently 9 baskets with a practice basket in place. Plans for additional course signage along with a kiosk is in the works for this spring.  The course is still in the early stages of development but things are progressing well.  Get out there and play a new course this spring!


WWI Park DGC, North Attleboro, MA

Leonard Park, aka, Mt Kisco, aka, one of the oldest courses in the country, received a NEFA Grant to provide a much needed improvement to their tee pads.  Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the 18 tee pads were updated from natural surface to pavers and the impact was immediate!  This vastly improved  course has deep NEFA roots and is a must play if you haven't made the trek!


Leonark Park/Mt. Kisco DGC, Mt Kisco, NY

Last but not least, Otter Brook DGC in Keene, NH rounded out the 2014 NEFA Grants. The grant money went towards the tee pad improvements, updating nine tee surfaces to the Fly 18 rubber tee pads.  With a shortened season up in NH, the crew ran out of time to complete the building of two kiosks, but have plans to tackle that project as soon as the weather allows (which at this rate will be some time in June).  Otter Brook has been getting rave reviews and is worth the drive to let the discs fly!


Otter Brook DGC, Keene, NH

The 2015 NEFA Grant Program is giving applicants until March 14th to submit their application and supporting documents to the NEFA Board for consideration.  NEFA grants have a history of providing our area with the necessary funding to help create new courses and improve existing courses.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please review the announcement on our forum by clicking HERE

Comments:

by Rob Breckenridge on 2/10/2015 at 7:08:53 PM
As a recipient of a large grant (Otter Brook) I would encourage anyone considering applying to do so, the application is straight forward, hit me up if you need any assistance. Thanks NEFA membership for making this happen, this and special olympics support is what I like best about this organization.


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