Officials hold Rose Lake mini golf dedication

CEREMONY: Rose Lake County Park staff members prepare for the dedication ceremony of the mini golf course restoration project on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
CEREMONY: Rose Lake County Park staff members prepare for the dedication ceremony of the mini golf course restoration project on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

LEROY — Hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars in donations and sponsors have brought new life to the 18-hole mini golf course at Rose Lake County Park.

According Osceola County Parks Director Carl Baumgras, county and park officials, park staff and donors celebrated the completion of restoration work on the course with a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The restoration of the 22-year-old course took more than 400 hours of work over two camping seasons, and included rebuilding structures and new carpeting. In all, the project cost $6,780.78, with donations totaling $4,100 in cash and more than $500 in materials.

During the dedication ceremony, parks commission chair Morris Langworthy Jr. shared how at one time, there was a plan to do away with the mini golf program and expand the camping area at Rose Lake County Park. Constructed about two miles from the park, the mini golf course was purchased and installed in 1994 at Rose Lake County Park through the efforts of Charlie Hartman, county parks director at the time.

However, in the spring of 2015, the Parks Commission decided to undertake the restoration program, and park staff started working on the project. To help offset the cost of the restoration, Tom Van Epps, parks commissioner, and Langworthy decided to ask for donations of materials and sponsorships of $250 or materials to offset the costs.

Rose Lake Park Managers Mike and Karen Tribley and their staff completed the restoration project on July 22, and the mini golf course reopened for camper and public use the next day. The course has generated around $1,000 in sales since it reopened.

Osceola County Parks operates on user receipts and receives no tax money for park operations.

The Osceola County Parks Commission offers opportunities for campers and park users to make donations in support of other projects. Donations for memorial park benches, equipment or park structures can be made at the individual county parks. Currently, donations are being accepted for a new playground structure at Crittenden County Park, planned for 2017.

Rose Lake Mini Golf is open daily through Labor Day weekend and costs $3 for adults and $2 for children. For hours of operation, call (231) 768-4923.