Complaints about disc golf course aired
The No. 1 complaint about Taylor Lake Village Park's new disc golf course, it turns out, isn't litter or drunkenness or players behaving badly. It's that the course doesn't leave enough green space for other activities in the park.
At least that was the biggest gripe among the 25 people who felt strongly enough to show up at Wednesday night's meeting about the course's future, says the resident who led the meeting.
Steve Green, who also oversaw the installation of the disc golf course last month, said the discussion went well."
Charged with the task of recommending a course of action to the City Council, the new Taylor Lake Village Ad Hoc Disc Golf Course Committee -- made up of everyone who attends its meetings -- plans to meet again within a couple weeks.
The city has received complaints about players littering and urinating at the course. There have also been complaints about alcohol and even one report of marijuana use.
But the issue raised again and again at Wednesday's meeting revolved around people feeling that the disc golf course takes up too much of the park's open space, Green said. When Green initially approached City Council about putting in the course earlier this year, he proposed a 9- to 12-hole course, but the course ended up being 18 holes until three holes near homes were removed earlier this month. Downsizing it further would mean even fewer holes, he said.
The biggest, most common reaction was kind of like, Hey, this is taking up too much of the park. Can we consider right-sizing it and having areas that are open for green space that are different than areas that are available for disc golf?'" Green said. That would eliminate some of the people feeling like they have to look around every which direction for Frisbees."
The second-biggest issue at the meeting was whether unexpected maintenance fees might become necessary because of the course's popularity, Green said.
The third-most-mentioned issue was a lack of rules posted for the course, he said.
During the meeting, the committee started to discuss potential options for resolving the course's issues, Green said.
He said he plans to provide a complete summary of the meeting to the city and those who attended it.
The general theme is not we don't want a disc golf course there at all," Green said. The general theme was not, 'We don't like it here.' But there were several people that said, 'I understand about having a disc golf course here, but I have a problem with this feature, this feature and this feature. We need to resolve it.'"
The ad hoc committee plans to meet again sometime the week after Thanksgiving to further discuss possibilities for action, Green said. Those options will be presented to City Council early next month, he said.
Green said he expects City Council to then present those options to residents in a survey.
Ultimately, it will be up to City Council to pick a recommended option or something entirely different, he said.
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