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SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

BELDING, Mich.—A  disc golf park that’s only been open to the public for about a month is already looking to expand.

SMASH Park is Belding’s first disc golf park.  It’s been such a smashing success, park leaders are looking to add another nine holes to the current nine-hole course.  On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council will consider authorizing the expansion.  The proposal was previously reviewed and recommended by the city’s recreational advisory board.

SMASH Park opened to the public in early July, after volunteers cleared space and installed baskets in Lightning Bend Park.   The SMASH League opened July 22.

SMASH Park will hold a beginner tournament, including disc golf clinic Saturday, August 31.  For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Danish Festival Softball Tournament looking for leaders and players

Danish Festival Softball Tournament looking for leaders and players

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Parks and Recreation Office is looking for people interested in serving on the 2013 Danish Festival Softball Committee.

Nominees should have experience in tournament play, the Danish Softball Tournament and many connections with the softball community.   Officials are particularly interested in finding someone with experience in Co-ed and/or women’s tournament play. 

If you or someone you know is interested, email Kris Berry at kberry@greenvillemi.org or call (616) 754-8887.

The 49th Annual  Danish Festival Softball Tournament is August 16-18.  Teams have until August 2 to register to play.   For more information, click here.

Belding cleans up ahead of Gus Macker Tournament

Belding cleans up ahead of Gus Macker Tournament

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding needs help cleaning up downtown ahead of the  annual Gus Macker Tournament.

Volunteers are needed to weed and clear landscape Saturday morning.  Those interested in helping should be in the City Hall parking lot at 9 a.m.  For more information, call Andrea at (616) 240-1472.

The original Gus Macker Tournament started in the McNeal family driveway in Lowell, back in 1974.  After 13 years in Lowell, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament moved to Belding.  This is the 40th year for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, which will take place August 3-4.  

Time running out to register for Greenville Classic Softball Tournament

Time running out to register for Greenville Classic Softball Tournament

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The last day to sign up for the Greenville Classic Softball Tournament is Friday, July 19.

The Men’s Softball Tournament will take place July 26.  The Co-Ed Softball Tournament is scheduled for July 27.  Registration for the double elimination event is $150 for each team.  To register, call (616) 754-8887 or visit the city website here.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

GREENVILLE, Mich.-  Donations are coming in to help replace community sports equipment lost in a fire on July 4.

Interim Public Safety Director Mike Stuck says a passerby spotted the fire at 300 E. Charles St. around 5 a.m. that day. The facility was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Stuck says it took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire. Everything inside the facility—including balls, soccer goals, camp supplies and board games—was destroyed.

Gus Macker registration deadline extended

Gus Macker registration deadline extended

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of this year's Greenville Gus Macker Tournament are extending the online registration deadline for teams to midnight Sunday, July 1.

More than 600 players are expected to take part in the basketball competition, when it returns to historic downtown Greenville July 13 and 14.  This year’s tournament will feature a multi-division Slam Dunk Contest, a community photo booth and a variety of shooting contests.

Proceeds from this year’s Gus Macker Tournament will go to 12 local non-profit organizations.  To register your team, visit http://www.macker.com/.  To volunteer for the Macker, call the Greenville Recreation Department at (616) 754-8887.