VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia has a pair of new fitness and recreation areas for residents to enjoy.
The Training Ground, an outdoor fitness area, and Helke Park’s new disc golf course, were officially opened with ribbon cuttings on Saturday.
The Training Ground, which is sponsored by MPower Sports Performance, includes a training hill with different slopes, artificial turf, pull up bars, and plyo boxes.
“This area is ideal for TRX workouts and a wide variety of other activities,” said Jeff Kreill, Vandalia Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “The sand in the sand volleyball court also offers another great training mode.”
The Training Ground is already being put to use.
“We have trainers who are conducting boot camp style workout classes at the Training Ground, and pee-wee football and soccer teams are taking advantage of the unique amenities to keep their team workouts fun and interesting,” Kreill said.
At Helke Park, the disc golf course was located in an area that had been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. More than 80 trees had been cut down due to the pest.
“Helke Park is roughly 80 acres, with about a third of it wooded,” said Steve Clark, Parks and Recreation Director. “We’ve been able to repurpose the land as an amenity that will most likely get more use as a disc golf course than it did as a tree grove.”
The city used the expertise of local disc golfers Ken Harbaugh and Gil Walton to lay out the course. The course includes tee boxes complete with concrete pads for every hole. Eventually there will be tee marker signs installed that illustrate the hole, giving the disc golfer a clear understanding of the layout. Each basket is numbered to eliminate any confusion.
Eagle Scout Aaron Gerhard also worked on the course as part of his Eagle Scout service project.
“When we knew the trees had to come out, we reached out to Mr. Harbaugh and local disc golfer Gil Walton, and both were very generous with their time in helping up to lay out a course that will be fun for novices and challenging for experienced disc golfers,” said Clark.
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