Cobden American Legion donates $5,000 to support project
Expansion of Cobden’s popular disc golf course is planned.
The project is being made possible thanks to a major donation from a veterans organization in the community.
Cobden American Legion Post No. 259 has made a $5,000 donation to support the expansion project.
Representatives of the American Legion post were on hand to present a check to village officials on Monday evening, Jan. 4.
The presentation was made at Cobden Village Hall, just prior to a meeting of the village’s board of trustees.
The Cobden Community Park is the home of the disc golf course, which currently features nine holes.
The expansion project will double the current number of holes to 18.
The new nine holes will be placed in locations which wrap around the Cobden School District grounds, including a softball field.
The goal is to have the new nine holes ready for disc golf tournament which is being planned for the Memorial Day weekend.
Proceeds generated by the tournament will go to the Cobden American Legion post to help support its activities in the community. Future plans could include other tournaments which would generate funding to support the post’s community activities.
Cobden Mayor Paul Z. Tomazzoli voiced his appreciation to the American Legion post for the donation.
Appreciation also was voiced by Union County resident John Wingate, who was on hand for last week’s check presentation.
Wingate has led efforts to create disc golf courses at the Cobden Community Park and the Anna City Park.
Cobden’s disc golf course formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony which was held in the fall of 2019.
Since that time, the course has hosted a number of tournaments, which have attracted players from throughout the Southern Illinois area. The most recent tournament was played in December.
Wingate also voiced his appreciation to the Cobden American Legion post for the donation.
“Without their contribution the expansion would not have been possible,” Wingate stated.