City wants input on disc golf coursePublished 8:49pm Thursday, November 21, 2013
Disc golf is coming to Washington and Parks and Rec wants the public’s input on the 18-hole course.
The course puts nine holes behind the Bobby Andrews Recreation Center on East Seventh Street and another nine holes across John Small Avenue, on the banks of Jacks Creek, according to Parks and Rec Director Kristi Roberson.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, anyone who wants to see the plans and provide feedback on the course is welcome to attend a public meeting at the recreation department.
“We are looking for public input on the course that’s been proposed — what they like or don’t like, suggestions as to what would make a better course,” Roberson said. “We want to give people the opportunity to put their voice into the project before we break ground.”
The disc golf course is a project that’s been years in the making, Roberson said. Several years ago, a resident of Washington, Mike Simone, broached the idea of a course with Parks and Rec staff. The bonus was that Simone not only offered to design the course, but pay for it’s construction as well, Roberson said.
With the Recreational Advisory Committee on board with the project, and a design created, Roberson said the project is ready to move forward, which includes inviting area residents to be a part of the process.
“We’re looking for input from anybody who has an interest in disc golf,” Roberson said.
Disc golf is a flying disc game that is based on precision and accuracy, in which the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc,” according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. There are nearly 3,000 courses in the U.S., more than 4,000 globally, as the game has been transported from its California birthplace to more than 40 countries worldwide.
“It’s a growing sport that will bring people to Washington,” Roberson said.
The one concern on the part of Parks and Rec officials is that the course will require players to cross the high-traffic John Small Avenue. While there is a push-button crosswalk at the intersection of John Small Avenue and East Fifth Street, Parks and Rec is considering safety options and may start with a nine-hole course first, Roberson said.
Roberson said that the course will bring something new and different to Washington and hopes that residents will weigh in on the course.
“We’re really hoping to get some positive and constructive feedback so we can make it one of the best disc golf courses around,” Roberson said.
The public meeting will be held downstairs in the recreation department at the Peterson Building, 310 W. Main St., Washington.