So it seems that the "public meetings" phase of the planning for the Harmony Community Campus is over. They've drafted a conceptual master plan for both the "near term" and "far term" (although they admit they don't know how long either of those terms are). Now, keep in mind, these are "conceptual" plans; they are not blueprints, and NOTHING about them is set in stone. They can and will change.
The near-term plan includes 7-8 acres set aside for disc golf in the northwest end of the park. They have NOT included some areas that I thought would have made prime disc golf territory, apparently because they are "delineated wetland." (I have a feeling that's going to be non-negotiable, which leaves very little "dry" acreage to work with.) The far-term plan adds another 3-4 acres of disc golf in the far southeastern corner, 2000 feet away from the other parcel. I'm not sure what they're thinking there.
Click here to see the original "Conceptual Master Plan - Far Term"
-- the only edit I made was adding a little extra yellow color to the disc golf areas.
At the meetings, the planner and landscape architect said there may be some room for negotiation. I've created an annotated version of the map that shows a few areas I think we should concentrate on (click
on the graphic for a larger version):
Here's what my annotations mean:
= A raised service road that traverses the southern border of the park, next to some railroad tracks. The tracks are absolutely off-limits, but I can envision anywhere from 2 to 4 disc golf holes that start on or next to the berm and play into the edge of the woods, parallel to or away
from the tracks. We can't go too far into the woods because the creek is in there; but in some spots it's pretty far back.
= Fir-covered hillside next to Harmony Road that has been, until recently, completely covered by blackberries and ivy. Erosion might be an issue here, but it'd sure be nice to get those big conifers into play.
= A few narrow open areas along SE 82nd (near the "far term" expansion).
= Experimental poplar grove that has been planted to clean up toxic groundwater. The grove was not intended to be there forever; eventually it will have served its purpose, and the trees will be removed. But what if some of them remained to create the ultimate tree-tunnel fairways? This is complete and total speculation, as even the planners at the meetings didn't know of a possible timeline.
I think area "A" is our best bet, because (1) that swath of land isn't good for much else, and (2) it would connect the near-term (west) area to the far-term (east) area.
But please remember that THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT ANY DISC GOLF COURSE WILL BE INSTALLED! There are still many people who don't want to see any recreational development besides walking trails and bird blinds. This is where YOU come in. We need every disc golfer in the Portland metro area to contact Michelle Healy, Senior Planner with Clackamas County Parks, and tell her why you think there should be a disc golf course -- a big one! -- in Northern Clackamas County.
Michelle's e-mail address is in the lower-right corner of http://www.harmonyvision.org/
. You can also use the comment form on that page.
What else can you do? If possible, visit the site; for most of us, it's right on the way to Estacada. Walk around the areas shown on the map and think about where teepads and baskets might go. Maybe we should organize an on-site tour for disc golfers; if we draw a map and SHOW the Parks people that there's room for more holes in areas they haven't considered, that might help a lot.
And tell your friends and family to submit comments as well!