Bellingham to host disc golf celebration at Maritime Heritage Park

Disc golf enthusiasts young and old will celebrate the installation of a new basket at downtown’s Maritime Heritage Park on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. the family-friendly event will include food trucks and prizes for the best players in several single-basket games geared for kids, adults, new players and pros.

At noon, Mayor Kelli Linville will throw out the first disc, just behind the Environmental Learning Center building at the West Holly Street entrance to the park.

In addition to the permanent pole, disc golf player Colin Morris said he likely will bring a few other baskets to help set up games like “Ring of Fire,” and simple practice games played like basketball’s “Horse” or “Pig.”

The event will be hosted by city Parks and Recreation, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and Meridian Disc Golf.

For now, the basket is the only one planned for the park, which is too small for a full course.

“It’s a putting basket,” said Amanda Grove, recreation coordinator for city Parks and Recreation. “It’s just a first step in many towards improvement in the park.”

The city plans to take several steps over the next year to get more people using the park; Mayor Linville’s draft of the upcoming biennial budget includes $400,000 for Maritime Heritage Park improvements in 2015.