Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Kentwood hosting disc golf tournament, food drive

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KENTWOOD, MI – A disc golf tournament, food drive and ribbon cutting for new park improvements are all happening this weekend during one Kentwood event.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the city and Great Lakes Disc are teaming up for the ninth annual Freeze Fest doubles disc golf tournament and food drive at Jaycee Park.

The tournament at the park at 1088 Gentian Drive SE will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with all proceeds supporting Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry.

The event will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. to celebrate improvements made to the park, such as a new multi-use building, improved landscaping, enhanced security, bridge renovations and more.

“Freeze Fest always brings a sense of excitement year after year and is a wonderful way for the community to come together for some great disc golf, winter fun and the opportunity to give back,” said Lori Gresnick, Kentwood’s recreation program coordinator.

“This year, we get the added bonus of unveiling all the improvements at Jaycee Park to community members before kicking off the event.”

On-site registration for the disc golf tournament begins at 9 a.m., and the first round of the tournament starts at 10:15 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done online at kentwood.us/FreezeFest.

The registration cost is $25 per person or $50 per team along with one canned food donation.

“In collaboration with the city of Kentwood, this event stands as a highlight on our calendars every year,” said Shea Abbgy, owner of Great Lakes Disc. “Great Lakes Disc is honored to continue our support for the local community and bring the disc golf community together during the offseason.”

Great Lakes Disc is a sporting goods store specializing in disc golf equipment and is located at 4321 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids near the Kentwood border.

The Kentwood Little Free Pantry is located at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE.

It opened in 2017 and demand has steadily increased since, prompting officials to open a second pantry location in 2021 at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE

The small food pantries are open to all community members year-round and are designed to fill an immediate and local need.

Nonperishable food and personal care items are available at the pantries, and anyone can utilize or donate to the pantry. No application is required, and staff do not question those taking a donation.

More information about the pantries are available at kentwood.us/LittleFreePantry.

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