Timko wrote:JHern wrote:[
In the meantime, you can tell the gov't entity that controls your park about:
-Chavez Ridge in Los Angeles (formerly the largest hook-up spot in the area, lots of needles, lots of criminal elements, gang activity, etc.)
-San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz (disc golf pushed out homeless camps and needles no longer litter the ground)
-Pier Park in Portland (formerly a gang-fighting location, that park used to be the murder capital of that city, until disc golf transformed it, now the entire neighborhood is being transformed and gentrified)
-Mackey Park in Sacramento (formerly called "Tweakerville" the vapors from the meth labs used to be so heavy that people using the park would pass out and need emergency medical attention...today is a safe park with childrens area, disc golf, and bringing the neighborhood together)
All of the above were disc golf courses installed at the request of city police departments to abate criminal activity, and they are all fantastic success stories, and have saved their cities immense amount of money while raising surrounding property values and commerce.
Add to this list Rosedale Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The course was installed in 1984. Before that time, you didn't let your kids play there with your supervision during the daytime. It was a huge park for prostitution. So much so there's a sign that says you can't back into the parking lot (which was a signal you wanted to pay for sex). Now, Rosedale is KC's busiest park with 2 disc golf courses. It's also got 2 softball fields that are packed every nigh of the spring/summer/fall, and a shelter that has 2/3 big parties every week.
Nice Timko...one day somebody should perhaps compile factual stories from all these courses, and try to get written narratives from relevant government officials, police chiefs, etc.. It would have to be a big community effort, relying on locals to get their local stories and testimonials. This could grow into a large book. Whenever a park board grows concerned about disc golf and tries to sully its reputation and shut a course, then all the local players will have to do is whip out the book, go to public meetings, and simply read from it during open comment periods. Would be a great tool...