This beautiful park at NE 37th and Ainsworth is just begging for a DG course. google map
The northern most part of the park is the place where the course would go. The terrain is rolling hills. There are a lot of mature trees and just enough field space to add some length and variety. There is plenty of room to fit 9-12 quality holes. It is definitely too small to fit 18. This course could have it all: tight and technical, big bombs, up hill, down hill, etc...
The location is almost perfect to fill the gaping hole in East Portland between Pier Park and Rockwood/Vance Parks in Gresham. I say almost because it does lie pretty far north, leaving the SE with a bit of a drive. Given the growing demand for the sport, the overcrowdedness of Pier, and the city's lack of available land to add more DG courses, this park is THE
park for another Portland DGC.
And now to the downside: The area is presently used as an off-leash dog park area (and a really cool one at that). This is the main hurdle that would need to be overcome to get a course at Fernhill. I see a few remedies to this problem. 1) This area has easy access to 2 other off-leash dog parks at Alberta Park (NE 22nd and Killingsworth) and Wilshire Park (NE 33rd and Skidmore). 2) The large open area located south of the track is the former sight of a high school. I imagine that Parks owns or is trying to own this huge piece of property. While it is currently void of trees, it could be converted into a nice dog park with time. 3) The current off-leash area is huge! Some sort of compromise could be met where the dog park area is condensed and the course is fit into a smaller plot of land.
If you are a Portland area disc golfer and desire another course in the city limits, take the time to walk around this park. I promise you will be salivating at the potential this place has for an awesome 12 hole course!