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Bolduc Park officially opens for the season

Donna Harris, Bob Bolduc, Randy Annis, Elaine Holt, and Peter Arnold prep for opening season at Bolduc Park. (Lauren Tiner) (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
As of Saturday, April 23, Bolduc Park has officially opened, and is ready for business in the midst of the spring season, offering up an array of golf programs to the Lakes Region.

Bolduc Park, on the line of Gilford and Laconia, offers up a nine-hole course for children, beginners, or anyone looking to improve their game on the greenery. Golf lessons and a Junior Golf League are also offered throughout the season. The park is open seven days a week, and fully equipped with carts and club rentals till the snow flies.

Last Thursday, founder and designer of Bolduc Park, Bob Bolduc, officially announced the facilities opening for the season, along with various volunteers, golf instructors, and President of the Bolduc Park Association Donna Harris of Gilford.

Because the park is a non-profit organization, Bolduc said that the facility is always in need of volunteers.

"We donated the land in 1996 to keep this a non-profit organization. This is the 19th year we've opened the golf course, and it just gets better and better. It's run by volunteers, and no one gets paid," said Bolduc. "We are also in need of more volunteers to help out in the office and on the course. Volunteers get unlimited free golf and other benefits."

Beginning in May, local golf lessons and various other programs will also be offered at Bolduc Park through the Parks and Recreation Department.

"It's all about volunteering and doing something good for the community. All ages work here. We refuse no one who offers to help or has something to offer," said Bolduc.

He personally thanked his golf instructor, Randy Annis, who has led golf instruction at Bolduc Park for the past 18 years.

Annis added that golf lessons at the park are not intimidating, but fun, and help beginners feel at ease with a club.

Bolduc also thanked Donna Harris, the current President of the association, and said that more board members are also welcomed to jump on board. Bolduc Park is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. 7 p.m., yet volunteers may look at a minimum commitment of four hours a week, and only 12 meetings a year for board members.

While some volunteers may prefer the minimum requirement, other local volunteers stop by the park on a weekly basis, and help make an impact on the facility. Bolduc himself is on site every day, seven days a week, and serves as the "superintendent" to the facility.

According to the association's Web site, Bolduc Park officially opened in the summer of l994. That same year, Bolduc accepted an award from the City of Laconia for the best use of the land. In 1996, Bolduc and his wife donated the park to the community, golf equipment, golf clubs, and all. The Park is available to everyone, without any restrictions, and is dedicated to being available as a recreational facility to be shared by all in the community. The Park has no paid employees, and is run by an all-volunteer staff, maintaining a completely self-sufficient budget.

North Country Environmental
Martin Lord Osman
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