Course will provide outdoor activity and exercise for all ages
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation) announced today that it has awarded a Make It Happen! grant to the Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department to create an 18-hole disc golf course at Spilman Park. The park is located on Colvin Road off of Route 229, in the Amissville/Jeffersonton area.
The parks and recreation department has partnered with the Mountain Run Disc Golf Club (MRDGC) to provide residents of northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties an opportunity to play disc golf—a non-contact, low-impact, healthy lifetime sport for all ages. The course will be constructed with assistance from MRDGC members and maintained by both MRDGC and the parks department. The offering of disc golf will be unlike anything available within the region.
“We are delighted to be able to provide some of the funding for this worthwhile project that will provide area residents an opportunity for additional outdoor activity and exercise,” stated Christy Connolly president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “The benefits provided by disc golf meet the PATH Foundation’s criteria for improving the health and wellness of residents in the communities we serve.”
According to the MRDGC, disc golf has grown by more than 200% over the past six years and typically burns around 900 calories per game. Given the fact that it is of interest to all ages, it also succeeds in getting kids off the couch and away from video games and outside to recreate, and it provides substantial exercise for seniors.
Adding the disc golf course to Spilman Park will also revitalize the park and get more of the community out to appreciate the park’s beauty and natural setting. The project is expected to be completed by November.
John Barrett, Culpeper County Parks and Recreation director, said, “Spilman Park is an ideal facility to install an activity such as disc golf. The lay of the land provides passive and active opportunities that will challenge the beginner to experienced player, individually, family or in groups. Receiving the PATH Foundation Make it Happen grant offers residents a quality of life opportunity to keep healthy while enjoying the outdoors. “
Make it Happen! grants were created to energize the speed and creativity of engaged citizens working with non-profits to accomplish small-scale, high-impact, quick-turnaround projects. The program provides funding of $2,000 to $10,000 for ideas that can be turned around in 90 days or less, and $10,000 to $25,000 for ideas that can be turned around in six months. The application process is simple and applicants receive a quick response as to whether or not they’ll receive funding.
The goal of the Make it Happen! program is to engage the community and create success stories. Grants are being provided to 501(c)3 non-profits, religious institutions (for non-religious purposes) or local government entities in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. The selected projects and programs have the potential to inspire and motivate the community and benefit people and organizations within the Foundation’s service area. Benefits will be concrete and tangible.
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About the PATH Foundation
With a legacy of community philanthropy stretching back to 1954, Piedmont Action to Health (PATH) Foundation was created in 2013, as the Fauquier Health Foundation, through a joint venture between Fauquier Health and LifePoint Hospitals. The resulting foundation manages the assets of this multigenerational gift to promote healthy communities today and in stewardship for our children’s grandchildren. In addition, the PATH Foundation assists area nonprofits with a portfolio of programs and support through its PATH Foundation Resource Center. For more information, www.pathforyou.org.