Peru Scout builds bridges for La Salle Park disc golf course Rotary – Shaw Local

Peruvian resident Cooper Vaske’s Eagle Scout project to build bridges over a stream for Rotary Park’s proposed disc golf course in La Salle was one he could proudly “show his kids” one day, he said. La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove.

The La Salle City Council applauded Vaske for his work Monday, saving the city about $8,000 to $9,000, La Salle City Engineer Brian Brown said.

Vaske, 18, a student at La Salle-Peru High School who plans to study biological sciences at university, said he was looking for ideas for his Eagle Scout project, when golf course designer Brown and disc and CCSVI math instructor Wes Black pitched the proposal to him to help the disc golf course.

Construction of an 18-hole disc golf course at Rotary Park is underway and expected to be completed by late summer, early fall, Brown said.

“I thought that was really cool,” Vaske told the board Monday. “I thought that was a great idea.”

Vaske said the project also had added significance, as her father Chris is an officer with the Rotary Park Foundation.

The scout said the cost of the project was around $1,400, with all items donated, and over 100 hours of volunteer work by not only himself, but also his Troop 123.

“The bridge will last for years, it’s very well built,” Brown said.

Cooper Vaske listens to La Salle City Engineer Brian Brown (not pictured) as he is introduced and congratulated Monday, May 16, 2022 by the La Salle City Council for his Eagle Scout project to build bridges at Rotary Park for the disc golf course.

Brown said several other volunteers were working on the course. Equipment has been ordered to erect the baskets and build the tee boxes. He hopes materials will be received next week to begin construction.

The engineer said the Rotary Park course would be a destination course. He said the Baker Lake disc golf course in Peru is designed for beginners and the one at Illinois Valley Community College is a step up, but La Salle will attract serious players, with two tee boxes placed at his hole for different skill levels.

“Rotary Park is 250 acres, there’s a lot of unused areas and that will inspire more people to come through and create trails,” Brown said.

Thanks to Vaske, they will be able to cross the low points above the stream “without getting their shoes dirty”.

Cooper Vaske and volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 123 work on a bridge at La Salle Rotary Park.  Vaske said he and his troupe spent more than 100 hours volunteering to build the bridges for the disc golf course.

Michael C. Ford