LEESVILLE, La.- The City of Leesville and Northwestern State University during a press conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 presented a design for a proposed miniature golf course to be located at the Leesville Golf Course Municipal Golf Course on Country Club Road. The City also announced a funding campaign for the project.
Several Northwestern State University students created the design, which promises to be both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. The course will incorporate themes that reflect the history and culture of the City of Leesville and Vernon Parish. The course is reconfigurable and was designed to withstand the rigors of high traffic.
The students involved with this project are Engineering and Technology students Ethan Perkins and Mitchell Landry and Department of Fine and Graphic Art students Ashton Sanford, Jessica Harwell, and Katherine Benson.
"We are absolutely thrilled with what these students have created," said Leesville Mayor Rick Allen. "Not only do we now have a detailed, scaled design for a new mini-golf course, we've also got a design that is very unique and reflects the culture and history of the town we all love. We are so grateful that these professors and these students saw the value of working on this project. It helps them to become better at what they do, and it helps us to become a better City."
Dr. Mohammad Benalla, a professor in NSU's Department of Engineering Technology, worked with Mirla Enriquez, a professor in the Department of Fine and Graphic Art, on the interdisciplinary project to produce a proposal for the design, along with graphic illustrations highlighting various themes.
The department worked with the Leesville mayor's office and produced a detailed engineering drawing based on the proposed dimensions of the mini-golf course," Benalla said. "Further discussions with the mayor's office identified the need to incorporate different design themes that reflect the history of the City of Leesville, which include No Man's Land, the railroad, the timber boom and Fort Polk. This project manifests interdisciplinary collaboration between the engineering technology and the art departments. This project allowed students to work together in order to generate solutions conveying architectural engineering design with layout design illustrations."
The miniature golf course can be built in-house by City of Leesville staff, but will require funding and sponsorship. A funding campaign has already been launched and sponsorships are now available for purchase. For more information on becoming a donor or a sponsor, please contact Tammy Sharp with the City of Leesville at 337-238-2283.