Walton County will apply for a FRDAP grant of $200,000 to help renovate the Eagle Springs Golf Course and Recreation Center

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Walton County plans to ask the state for help to renovate the Eagle Springs Golf Course and Recreation Center.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a $200,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP).

According to information provided by county Public Works Manager Shane Supple, the progam helps local governments develop land for "public outdoor recreation."

If approved, the money would help pay to install walking trails, basketball courts and a playground. Supple hoped those amenities would appeal "to people that don't play golf."

"We want it to be a recreational facility with a golf course," he wrote in an email.

County spokesman Louis Svehla said any additional funding for upgrades to the center is a good thing.

With the additions, he believed Walton would eventually boast "a wonderful place for families and friends to gather and enjoy one another."

Commissioner Danny Glidewell added that residents could also expect to see volleyball and tennis courts added to the 190-acre property, as well as piers on the lakes.

"The grant funding allows the (County Commission) to accelerate plans to improve Eagle Springs and construct a number of recreational facilities that our community can enjoy for years to come," Glidewell wrote in an email. 

In addition to the grant, commissioners approved for golf balls and gloves to be sold at the rec center. PG Golf LLC has also been hired to remove balls for the course's five lakes.

"This project and its future will be one of the key pieces in offering a higher quality of life for our county's residents," Svehla said.