We will be having a work day on the Perry course on Saturday April 28th, starting at 8:30 am. Necessary tasks include removing small diameter woody brush, pole pruning, dragging branches, minor tree clearing, etc. Weedeaters with a blade and chainsaws will be the most useful tools to finish up this clearing to get everything up and running. Rakes, polesaws, etc. will also be useful.
This course has approximately 97-98% of the course cleared. The remaining clearing is predominately on rocky hillsides consisting of small buckbrush that needs removed so we can continue to spray the area with chemical. There are also a few areas where trees have been dropped, but still need cut up and piled so we can burn them. There is very little standing timber that needs removed. We would like to get everything cleared well enough so that we can continue to maintain it easily without putting in tons of man hours on the course.
As a side note, one of the reasons that this course has taken so long to get installed is the lack of manpower available for this project. There are only three Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Perry, and we have 40,000 acres of land and water to manage. This includes about 600 campsites, numerous parks, 10,000 acres of agricultural leases to administer, etc. We are spread very thin, so these work days are vital to getting this course installed. Please do not think that we have lost interest in this course, as I personally have put hundreds of hours into this project. We do not want to just slap baskets in the ground and call it good. Our thinking is that if we get people to have a positive experience the first time they play it, then they will want to come back.
Directions: From the US 24 Hwy in Perry, take Ferguson Road North approx. 7 miles to 86th street. Turn left (west) on 86th and continue about 1.5 miles, the road will curve to the south and be renamed Hamilton road. Continue about 1 mile south to the course. The course will be directly west across the road from the Grainery Saloon. Park along the road. If you have questions, please contact Ranger Kyle Broockerd at 785-597-5144 or 785-215-4216. Thanks.