Originally Posted by Dadio!
I have heard there should be a new course in both of these locations, what is the current status?
read up on it,
Right now, PP is in limbo until Parks & Rec gives the OK to dig. This could be a sticky widget. I know a couple that recently purchased an old piece of property in Peaceful Valley that is on the shore of the Spokane River. When they submitted for permits to develop the property, they found that there is a code that protects (to a certain degree) former tribal areas along the river that may still bear cultural and archaeological significance, of which, theirs has been determined to be as such. This means, that if they want to do anything on their own property that involves disturbing the ground, they have to hire (and pay) a tribal elder from either the Spokane or the Latah tribe to personally supervise all digging and, if something is found, all digging must cease and the area to be developed has to be archaeologically excavated--at the owners expense.
Peoples Park probably holds the most cultural significance since it was the location of multi-tribal fishing camps for, quite possibly, thousands of years. Unless we can come up with some sort of 'above ground' solution for basket placement, PPDGC may be stuck between the City's intentions and tribal restrictions for a long time.
I think, at this point, it would be the best use of the club's efforts to propose to the city that they allow us to leave PPDGC in its 'temp' stasis, until a solution can be determined, and move ahead with the development of Camp Sekani. After the forced re-structuring of Downriver, Sekani is waiting in the wings to become the new kick-ass course in the area--maybe even a rival to Farragut...get some of those Athol panhandlers to drive this way for a change.
In fact, I think a Sekani thread is in order....