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Steve Harmsen  › Alaska Disc Golf Association   April 25, 2012 at 2:21am

Som, thank you for your proactive approach on these issues. Alaska Disc Golf must become a cohesive group to overcome the negative image that disc golfers have earned. This means listening to the concerns of the municipality as well as offering solutions to problems. By closing Westchester we haven't solved any problems, it will only transfer them to other places less well equipped to deal with them, i.e. Kincaid (no garbage, further distance from city center, less patrolled, etc), Service HS overlaps some of the best utilized trails in Anchorage (how is that different than Westchester?),Hilltop (little overlap between Westchester users), and other courses. Solutions: if we close a course somewhere, expect traffic elsewhere. This means that we need to prepare, anticipate, and plan. Bear proof garbage cans at each hole, regular park maintenance, and another champion course at Kincaid all need happen. Alaska Disc Golf has reacted to issues. I wonder what the reaction will be when all the courses are pulled. Disc golf is great for parks. It brings people to parks. It brings usage to otherwise underutilized areas. For these reasons and others disc golf not only has earned its place in the parks but has proven that it warrants more attention and municipal funds.
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