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September 17, 2013

Surplus bridge nets $5,000

MOORE — A surplus-covered bridge removed from Veterans Memorial Park will be sold for $5,000. The Moore City Council approved the sale to Jerry Gray on Monday night.

The bridge will be replaced as renovations continue on the storm-damaged Veterans Memorial Park.

The city is still anxiously awaiting news from Coca-Cola on whether the city’s win of the “Take it to the Park” contest has been verified. The grand prize would net $100,000 for park improvements. At the time the contest closed, unofficial numbers indicated Moore could walk away with the top prize.

Moore also is looking into possibly buying Broadmore Golf Course, a privately owned, public golf course.

City council members approved $20,000 for Billy Casper Golf LLC to make a formal evaluation on whether the city should buy the course.

City Manager Stephen Eddy said the consultant recommended against Midwest City acquiring a golf course two years ago. The group looks at availability, rates, the market, investment needed for improvements and more.

Moore has two private golf courses, BelMar Golf Club and Moore Golf and Athletic Club. The owner of Broadmore is ready to sell but wants it to remain a public course.

In contrast to traditional golf, disc golf representatives spoke at length during the public comments section of the city council meeting.

Plans for the renovation of tornado-damaged Little River Park do not include the disc golf course. The course had been troublesome for some walkers in the park who, not realizing there was a disc golf course there, would wonder into the green and get hit.

That problem had been solved, said disc gold advocates who spoke Monday night.

James Geurin, MD, a retired physician from Tulsa and the president of the Oklahoma Disc Golf Foundation, spoke in favor of the disc golf community, which has raised an excess of funds for the restoration of the Little River course and donated the excess to Moore Public Schools. Disc golfers are all ages and from all walks of life, he said.

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