Re: Upcoming WDGC Meeting - Do you have any agenda items to include for discussion?
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was part of the stewart pond course and they have a recreation area out on the South Fork Alsea. They worked with the cycle
community to put in some MTB trails there, so who knows what they might be interested in.
Logging Companies: The local motorcycle club has an interesting agreement with Starker Forests that allows them to maintain a set of trails on Flat mountain.
This said, when a unit comes up for harvest, the trail gets nuked until they can re-establish it. This isn’t as easy with a disc golf course.
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Subject: Re: [WDGC] Upcoming WDGC Meeting - Do you have any agenda items to include for discussion?
Does anyone have connections to local logging companies? In addition to Richard's excellent ideas for pursuing city and county land, we should perhaps also consider private land for a new course ala Newport's Wilder.
We could put together a presentation/prospectus for the logging companies. It might be helpful to get feedback from the company out in Newport to see what they think about the partnership and ideas for how to make it more attractive.
I'd like to know the legal framework behind their permit system.
It's a good time to talk up positive PR to the logging companies. We could frame a disc golf course as an excellent showcase for selective harvest and multi-use benefits.
I have a couple of thoughts on the topic of new courses and/or extensions of Willy - from the inside-the-City with City-Support framework. Clearly there are lots of other options outside the City.
1) Talk to the guys who got Willy off of the ground. Things may have changed in the intervening years, but probably not that much.
2) Review the Corvallis Parks and Rec Master Plan, to refresh our memories of where our goals and purposes align with the City. Likewise, review our agreement with the City that states what we say we are about - and work to embellish our
resume in those areas that align with the Master Plan.
3) Brainstorm some ideas to pitch to the City.
4) Get our data together on course usage, especially families.
4) Pitch the ideas to Jude and Karen, so as to get a read of where we stand, and to get on the agenda for the Parks and Rec board.
5) Pitch the ideas to Parks and Rec board, ask for what would be a path forward. (My sense is that City owned open spaces are pretty much earmarked as natural areas - so switching to disc golf may actually require a vote of Corvallis residents.
Unless the City is about to get some new open space that hasn't yet been assigned a function.)
P.S. - my memory is that most of the alignment between the City and us revolves around growing the sport and providing recreational opportunities for community members. Also being able to close Willy for tournaments is a concession by
the City to us, not something that they are particularly interested in. Thus, if we are wanting a new course to better position us for holding higher tier tournaments, we may want to work with Visit Corvallis and the Chamber of Commerce to build up the economic
P.P.S. - my other sense is that the club leans heavily on only a very few people to do the physical work at Willy and Adair. Finding out where the additional energy will come from might be another good initial step.
2020 is a mighty fine year to build a new course in the valley (I say). Let's talk about how we'll go about it.
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