Medina developing disc golf course at Gulf Street Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2023 at 9:23 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The Village of Medina Department of Public Works has cleared paths in the woods by Gulf Street Park as the village works on a 9-hole disc golf course.

Medina is working with the Orleans County YMCA to develop the course in a project funded by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Albion did a similar project at Bullard Park.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation gave the YMCA $20,000 to $24,000 to develop the projects with tee boxes, signs and baskets that are mounted in small concrete foundations – 8 inches wide by 20 inches deep.

Medina is using a skid steer with a forestry head to carve a path in the woods, mulching brush and small trees. Here the machine is by the roadside where it was clearing some of the trees and brush.

Jason Watts, Medina DPW superintendent, said the new course should eb ready this fall with many of the holes in the woods and some out in the open.

The DPW has been working the project the past two weeks.

“I think it will be a big addition to the community,” watts told the Village Board on Monday about the new course.

Mayor Mike Sidari said he walked through the woods to see the progress.

“I was quite impressed,” he said.

In other action at Monday’s board meeting:

• The board approved allowing Medina’s cross country team to use Boxwood Cemetery to races on Sept. 19 and Oct. 3.

• The board also approved a Hometown Wellness 5-kilometer run and walk event on Oct. 21. The curse will include the canal towpath, canal basin and some village streets. The police department is expected to assist with traffic control during the race that starts at 9 a.m.

• Approved selling the body armor of retired Police Chief Chad Kenward back to the chief for $500. The item was declared surplus. The body armor is specifically sized for the retired chief, is out of warranty and doesn’t have a market, board members said. The armor is about 5 years old.

• Approved John McQuay as a call man for the Medina Fire Department. He is the fourth call man on the department’s roster.

• Fire Chief Matt Jackson said the inter-transfer hospital transfers are up 27 percent from Jan. 1 to Aug. 28, compared to the same time period in 2022. He said the closing of the hospital in Lockport is part of the reason for more trips from Medina Memorial to other larger hospitals.

“It hasn’t impacted operations,” Jackson told the board. “It’s just a lot more round trips.”