Don and Jean Myers

Ashland Mayor Matt Miller, Don and Jean Myers and parks and recreation director Jason Counts gathered Thursday for a check presentation.

ASHLAND -- Don and Jean Myers made their first donation to the Brookside Park Mini Golf Course about a decade ago, following personal tragedy. 

Shortly after the Myers’ daughter delivered a stillborn baby, the couple heard the city did not have the funds to put in new greens at the golf course. 

They decided it was a worthy cause to provide the children and families of Ashland with a place to gather and strengthen bonds, Don Myers said.

The Myers have made several donations since, with the most recent donation of $11,371.12 funding a new clubhouse, benches, a swing set, obstacles for the course and 200 free rounds during the opening Memorial Day weekend earlier this summer, Myers said.

The Myers informed the city of the aforementioned donation in the spring of 2021. The Myers, Ashland Mayor Matt Miller and parks and recreation director Jason Counts gathered Thursday for a check presentation.

“Our goal was to add some things to mini golf, because maybe not everybody is playing golf at the same time, but maybe they just want to relax on a bench, maybe they want to go over and do the swing set,” Myers said. “They’re all right there in that area, so that makes it, we thought, a family friendly spot.” 

Miller said he believes the Myers’ donations throughout the years have inspired others to make donations and partner with the city to improve the local quality of life. 

"Over the last decade, Don and Jean have donated more than $26,000 to improve our mini golf course and help bless our local young people and their families,” Miller said. 

Other work the Myers have been involved with relates to helping children and families as well. Don studied education, he said, and he and Jean now own a children’s coloring book business, called Coloring Book Solutions, in Ashland. 

Don was also one of the founders of Bendon Publishing in the early 2000s, he said.  

The recent additions to the Brookside Park Mini Golf Course this summer come after renovations in 2020 spearheaded by Dave and Keelie Wurster.

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Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.

Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.