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Putt-putt for the playground

July 19, 2012
By KELLY FOSNESS - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - Miniature golf fans, grab your putters.

Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens in Copper Harbor is hosting a fundraiser tournament Saturday to help with the cost of creating a new playground in the Keweenaw.

"With Copper Harbor being close to my heart, it looked like there was an opportunity to be able to help raise funds for this cause," owner Staci Gibson said. "It's a fun course. Adults and kids alike really enjoy it so we're hoping to have people come out and have some fun."

The tournament gets under way at 3 p.m. and the entry fee is $20 per person or $40 per team.

Gibson said they're hoping to have 36 two-person teams that will compete in the elimination tournament.

"There are cash prizes for the finishers," she said. "And there's some fun prizes that kind of poke at the ones that maybe score the highest score. It's just to have fun and be good spirited."

Copper Country Playground Committee member Miranda Davis said all proceeds from Saturday's event will go toward building a new playground in Copper Harbor. Situated next to the Copper Harbor School, the existing play area is not only used by students but by the thousands of families who visit the northernmost tip of the Keweenaw year after year.

Because the equipment - some of which dates back to the 1950s - is not up to safety code and is not accessible to those with disabilities, Davis said a new playground is needed.

"We still have a lot of kids who play on it but it definitely needs some TLC," she said.

"What we're looking to create is kind of going to look like a tree house," she added. "One of the coolest things that we have is one of the slides looks like a hollowed out log slide and mushroom steppers to get up."

Another issue with the current play area, Davis said, is it doesn't offer anything for younger children.

"We're getting a structure for littler kids, as well," she said.

The total cost of a new playground, which includes removing the existing equipment and installing the new equipment, is about $145,000, Davis said.

Gibson said brats, hot dogs and beverages will be available for a donation. All ages and spectators are welcome to attend the event, even the family pet is invited as Woods Mini Golf & Gardens is a pet-friendly course.

"It's all about family and they're definitely a big part of that," Gibson said. "Just show up and be ready to enjoy a nice afternoon game of putt-putt."

Davis said she's grateful to Gibson for hosting the playground fundraiser at her miniature golf course.

"We're just so excited about it," she said. "We feel it really fits with the whole scheme of the project - families and children having fun. Stacey herself is a lot of fun so we're really looking forward to it."

Anyone interested in reserving a spot in the tournament is asked to call (906) 289-4370.

For more information about the Copper Harbor Playground Project, visit



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