Peruvian resident Cooper Vaske’s Eagle Scout project to build bridges over a ravine for Rotary Park’s proposed disc golf course in La Salle was one he could proudly ‘show his kids’ one day , La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove told him.
The La Salle City Council applauded Vaske for his work Monday, saving the city about $8,000 to $9,000, La Salle City Engineer Brian Brown said.
Vaske, 18, a student at La Salle-Peru High School who plans to study biological sciences at university, said he was looking for ideas for his Eagle Scout project, when golf course designer Brown and disc and CCSVI math instructor Wes Black pitched the proposal to him to help the disc golf course.
Construction of an 18-hole disc golf course at Rotary Park is underway and expected to be completed by late summer, early fall, Brown said.
“I thought that was really cool,” Vaske told the board Monday. “I thought that was a great idea.”
Vaske said the project also had added significance, as her father Chris is an officer with the Rotary Park Foundation.
The scout said the cost of the project was around $1,400, with all items donated, and over 100 hours of volunteer work from not only himself, but his Troop 123 as well.
“The bridge will last for years, it’s very well built,” Brown said.
Brown said several other volunteers were working on the course. Equipment has been ordered to erect the baskets and build the tee boxes. He hopes materials will be received next week to begin construction.
The engineer said the Rotary Park course would be a destination course. He said the Baker Lake disc golf course in Peru is designed for beginners and the one at Illinois Valley Community College is a step up, but La Salle will attract serious players, with two tee boxes placed at his hole for different skill levels.
“Rotary Park is 250 acres, there’s a lot of unused areas and that will inspire more people to come through and create trails,” Brown said.
Thanks to Vaske, they will be able to cross the low points of the ravine “without dirtying their shoes”.