SHIP Grant Awarded to Stillwater Township

Stillwater Township has been awarded funding for the implementation of a disc golf course.  The funding will come from a grant earned through the Statewide Health Improvement program (SHIP).  The SHIP program is an integral part of Minnesota’s national leading 2008 health reform law which strives to achieve overall health.  Eight other communities in Washington County also received a grant.

After review of the Township Comprehensive Plan by the Park Committee, Arcola Heights Park was designated for this course.  Currently, the park is an under-utilized resource with no recreational facilities.  Putting a 9-hole disc golf course there would add an active recreational activity.  Very minimal clearing may be done as most of the targets will blend between the trees, open space and walking trails.  Installing a disc course there would also meet the needs of the township to create additional active recreational facilities, as well as satisfy the local residents desire to maintain Arcola Heights Park as a relatively passive park (no ball fields, lights, or “traffic spikes”).  Disc golf is a very low cost activity that can be enjoyed by Township residents of all ages.  It provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities.  The course layout will be designed by the park committee and installed by a local Eagle Scout with assistance by volunteers. It must be completed by the end of June to meet the grant requirements.

An information meeting was held by the Township Supervisory Board and Park Committee on Thursday, February 24, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall.