Randy Shreve › Johnson Park October 18, 2012 at 5:07pm
I know a few people have tried to take this on over the past few years without much success. I've recently met with a few people from Kent County Parks regarding this and have had good feedback from them. I've become a volunteer park steward for the course and have been out there doing some work these last few weeks. I'm putting together a work day this Sunday (10/21) from 1-5pm. Here's a link with more info on that:
I created a Facebook page for the course to help organize more events like this and help keep anyone who is interested in the park in what is going on there:
The park manager for Johnson told me that he would make the disc golf course a higher priority if he sees more interest in it. He told me there have been a couple instances over the last few years where there was talk of removing the disc golf course due to lack of use. This is still a legitimate threat unless we show the parks department that people do care about the course and it starts getting more use.
I know a lot of people think putting in baskets and concrete pads is all we need to do to fix the course. I think that should be the eventual goal, but other things need to happen first. We need to show the parks department we can take care of what's there if we want them to invest time and money into something more.
The park manager said we could sit down sometime this winter to discuss some low cost improvements for early next year like switching to tone poles (closer to the size of baskets), signage (for the holes, for the course so people can find it, course map), benches/seating, etc. We also may be able to add a little distance to some holes to help modernize the 20 year old course. The total distance on here is listed as 5140 feet, but I know a couple holes are shorter than what listed due to posts being moved. For comparison, Riverside is 5805, Brewer is 5547 and 5815, and Fallasburg is 6041.
Anyways, I know this is a long post, but I've just been thinking about this a lot over the past month or so. I hope some of you can make it out this Sunday or if not, that you will get involved in the future. Thanks!