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|Disc Golf Hole 11|
Like almost any other public park, Middletown’s park has the usual amenities: a playground, ball fields, basketball courts, pavilions, trees, benches, walking paths, and a place to fish. There is even a trail of bluebird boxes at this park. But there are two amenities not found in most public parks: a disc golf course and marble courts.
|Pond Scum Abstract|
Each of these amenities may need some explanation. Disc golf is a sport whereby frisbee-like discs are hurled into chainlink “baskets,” from a designated spot some distance away, known as a tee. It takes lots of practice to get the plastic disc to land in the basket, considering that the tee is many yards away. If you read the link I have provided, there is much more information about the way it is played, the rules, the types of discs, etc. Anyway, the course at Middletown consists of 18 “holes.” I saw one man practicing at one of the tees today.
|The Lake at the Park|
I walked around the park on this beautiful day, pretty much following the 18 holes of disc golf, which in itself gives one a good walk. I saw two girls practicing at the volleyball net, and two young men playing basketball. There were a couple of joggers and walkers, but no kids were on the playground. They must have been out shopping for school supplies, since school starts in Frederick County two weeks from today.
|Marble Court Down Low|
There is a nice lake with a fountain, and one family was doing a little fishing. I next saw large squares low to the ground, painted blue, with large yellow circles in the middle. Marble courts! There were six or seven of them laid out, with mulch between each court. I suddenly remembered that the newest national marble champ is from Middletown. His name is Cooper Fisher, 12, and he was crowned on Thursday, June 20, in Wildwood, NJ. Congratulations, Cooper! Certainly he must have competed on these very courts. I walked carefully around each court, hoping to find a stray marble that may have escaped the boundaries and gone unfound, but I had no such luck. I suppose marble competitors keep a sharp eye out that their favorites are all accounted for.
This large park is a real asset for Frederick County residents, with plenty of places for a variety of activities. And as for discs and marbles? Bring your own.
Save the date! Monday, September 2, will be the
last day of my year long photo walk project, and I’m planning a big
celebration walk with anyone who wants to join me! September 2 is also
Labor Day, so many of you will have the day off. The walk will be in
downtown Frederick, around 9 a.m., followed by a brunch. More details
will be posted on my blog as they get confirmed. But mark your
calendars, grab your cameras, put on your walking shoes, and join me for
my final Daily Photo Walk. Let’s jam the streets of Frederick with
disaster relief, and I will send you a 5×7 print of your choice from
any of my daily photo walks or from my website. Offer good until
September 2, 2013.