Two Bennet middle schoolers build disc golf course | Neighborhood

Several center schoolers could merely sit and marvel why their city does not have a disc golfing course. But 14-calendar year-old John Hippen and 12-12 months-outdated Owen Ramaekers decided to do anything about it.

Soon after a flurry of paperwork, committee conferences, concrete pouring and landscaping, the town of Bennet has a new program, which opened on Saturday. 

The 9-hole course situated at Whispering Pines Park was constructed with a $2,000 grant from the Bennet Region Local community Foundation Fund. The boys also collected cash from the community and gained a matching $2,000 grant from the Nebraska Local community Foundation.

“The group of Bennet was unbelievable with their assistance of the boys on this project,” stated Julie Hippen, John’s mom.

Ramaekers said he obtained intrigued in disc golf by way of a cousin in Hastings past August, and although he observed classes in Waverly and Lincoln, he desired a program that was nearer to residence. He introduced the sport to John Hippen, who took the strategy to his mom.

The boys took a proposal for a 6-hole course to the village board, which accepted it and ultimately permitted them to build nine holes. The class is created to stay clear of crossing the bike and walking paths in the park, John Hippen said, and is spaced out all through the tiny park. 

Julie Hippen explained the boys uncovered important lessons about design, landscaping and community politics, and gave back again to their group alongside the way.