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More Education Needed on Disc Golf: Ignorance in Lubbock, Texas and Hudson, Wisconsin is Disappointing
Being involved in the world of disc golf, it seems that most people should at least be somewhat familiar with the sport, but unfortunately, that isn't the case. Although it's growing quickly across both the nation and the world, there are still far too many who not only don't know what the sport is, but they have some false preconceived notions about it.
First, in Hudson, Wisconsin, a small town that sits on the banks of the St. Croix River, just across from the Minnesota state line, the city council rejected a proposed development of a disc golf course in the town's oldest park, Prospect Park.
The alderpersons who voted against it said they were concerned about disc golfers sharing the park with other users as well as the costs involved. Their main reason appeared be to be the closing of a nearby course at Willow River State Park due to littering, dogs off leash, underage drinking and illegal drug use. Yet a city resident at the meeting said he had never witnessed any of this during the many times he frequented the park.
Perhaps the members of the city council who disagreed with the course didn't consider the many benefits that a disc golf course brings, including providing a fun physical activity for teens to keep them out of trouble and away from drugs and drinking. Most disc golfers tend to have respect for the environment and I've seen more than a few clean up an area rather than trash one.
In Lubbock, Texas, the city has just approved a new disc golf course at Mae Simmons Park. They've signed a 10-year agreement with Michael Conkling who will construct and maintain the course. While it's great news for both players who visit the area and residents, based on some of the comments from Lubbock's citizens, many are not aware of the benefits of a disc golf course in their city.
A comment posted by someone with the user name "7mulas" stated: " A more accurate headline would read:City Council seizes Mae Simmons and turns it into a disc golf course for people who do not even live in the area. This is worse than the bouncy house ordinance. Now our kids will have to dodge the flying discs when they go the park. Private interests and not the public's interest is always a priority to the city council. The encroachment started at Mackenzie Park with the golf course, the amusement park, the windmill center, the old tractor museum, the ampitheatre that no one visits and now this. This is stunning to say the least. What gives you the right to take our public park land. You even tried to build a dog pound at Mackenzie Park? What's next, a nuclear power plant in the park?"
Another comment read, " Here we go again, another stupid idea that was probably encouraged by the contractors buddy on the council or in some capacity of the Lubbock Organization, who is going to use this disk course?…"
It sounds like there are quite a few people who would do well to learn more about disc golf. Considering our country's obesity rate, the more ways we can get our children, and adults, outside and active, the better. Especially with the economy the way it is right now, a practically free and easily accessible sport can only serve to improve a town, if anything.
Let's keep spreading the word about disc golf, and end some of the ignorance that is out there.
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter.
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