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Golf program expansion discussed, along with other updates at city council meeting

Engineering firm proposes shorter turning lane and flood prevention plans in intersection...
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Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 9:21 PM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A packed city council agenda in Jonesboro brought several updates to stories we've been tracking.

First, a new traffic light will be installed at Nettleton Avenue and Cain Street.

Its purpose is to alleviate the extra traffic expected when the Highland overpass is built.

The resolution was approved unanimously Tuesday night, and it's estimated to take about a year to complete once installation begins.

Next, a golf program offered at Craighead Forest Park will be expanding soon.

Target Golf is a cheaper and more accessible way for kids to learn how to play golf.

It currently serves 50 to 100 area kids each year, but a grant the city just received will nearly triple that number by expanding to CWL Park, hiring instructors, and purchasing equipment that is the proper size for kids.

"This program, actually when we look at golf, it is a program that is not a contact sport," Parks and Recreation Director Danny Kapales said. "So it gives all children, with disabilities, without disabilities, the chance to be on an even playing field and a chance to get out and participate."

It's a $30,000 grant awarded by the National Recreation Foundation.

Kapales plans to begin ordering the new equipment at the beginning of next year, and he hopes to begin the first program at CWL Park in the spring.

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