From Michael Short:
Candler Park Golf Course will soon have an officially sanctioned youth program! Friends of Candler Park Golf Course (FoCPGC) are working with Kwanza Hall and the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop the needed programming structure. Various formats are being evaluated, from one-day introductions, to mini-camps, to more individualized instruction. They hope to have it in full swing and available to neighborhood youth and schools starting in the fall.
Michael Short, founder of FoCPGC, will also be submitting a grant application to Park Pride this fall. He will be seeking $100,000 to assist with the implementation of the children’s program and other golf course projects identified in the golf course master plan. Last year, Park Pride awarded, through this program, in the neighborhood of $500,000, funding close to one hundred percent of their accepted applicants. Each grant applicant must arrange to match 100% of the funding applied for. Mr. Short intends to use the process of securing matching funds to build consensus among all parties involved, ensuring the broad-based support needed for successful applications.
There are three projects that have been identified as ’shovel ready’. They are, in no particular order:
• clubhouse renovation, to include a new roof and new electrical wiring.
• construction of a new pond off of the fourth fairway, upstream of the existing beaver dam complex. A well and a pump are proposed for keeping the pond full, for keeping the downstream ponds fresh, and for supplying all of the golf course water needs.
• construction of a chipping/putting area to be used for the youth program’s practice area.
The application is due September 27 and awards will be announced on December 1 of this year. This grant would have to be completed within 18 months.
To submit questions and comments to FoCPGC regarding the Park Pride grant, please send an email to: CPPPgrant@gmail.com