Group aims to set up disc golf course at Silver Lake park
By CAROL THOMPSON | Apr 2, 2016
TRAVERSE CITY — Todd Lewis knows he can’t right the wrongdoing that ended his daughter’s life, but he hopes he can help create a pastime for isolated people who need a healthy hobby.
“What’s the most good I could make come out of this?” he said.
Lewis’ daughter Carly was 16 in 2011 when she was killed in Traverse City. Robert Jensen Schwander, who was sentenced to prison for killing her, was in a dark place, Lewis said.
By Beth Milligan
Traverse City Ticker (August 15, 2016)
Garfield Township staff and parks and recreation commissioners hope a new professionally designed 18-hole disc golf course at Silver Lake Recreation Area will attract more visitors to the 84-acre park. But a township trustee wants to put the brakes on the project, citing concerns from neighbors and a lack of public and board input on the course.
The township’s parks department began conversations about installing a new course last summer with Todd Lewis, the father of slain Traverse City teenager Carly Lewis. Shortly after Carly’s murder in June 2011, a nonprofit established by Todd in her honor – Carly’s Playground – opened a disc golf course at Mt. Holiday. The course operated for three years, until insurance concerns over its overlap with the park’s new zip lines forced Mt. Holiday to close the course last year.