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Belding treasure wins funding for expansion
Belding treasure wins funding for expansion

BELDING, Mich.—  A park that celebrated its official opening exactly one month ago is now getting ready to expand.

The founders of SMASH Park in Belding announced Wednesday that the Greenville Community Foundation has decided to fund a nine-hole expansion to the disc golf course. 

SMASH Park was created in memory of Cody Moore, who loved to play disc golf with his friends and talked about adding a course to Lightning Bend Park in Belding.  Moore passed away unexpectedly on June 9, 2012. After his death, his friends decided to make Moore’s dream their reality.  In October 2012, the group began raising money and planning SMASH Park.  The park’s name is derived from Moore’s nickname, “Smash.” It took the group 14 days spread over several months to construct the nine hole course, which received an overwhelming response from the community.

SMASH Park co-founder Keven Krieger says construction is already underway for the expansion.  The group plans to use the $4,500 in funding from the Greenville Community Foundation to purchase additional baskets for the course from Saranac, as well as upgrade park signs.  Krieger would like to have the project finished by spring.

Krieger says a team of volunteers will clear the space for the course.  Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to visit the SMASH Park Facebook page for additional information.