Originally Posted by REDFIVE
The riverside rep wasn't happy with the lack of progress by the club in getting the baskets ready for install. The rep took it upon himself to get the baskets back from the club and organize to have the baskets theft repelanted and installed back into the course. a group of riverside locals did the work on the baskets and the course. most of these people were not, and still are not, club members. The ideas of a new layout had been talked about but the final design was never chosen by the club. This was a split second decision by a select few as the baskets were being put back in.
the people still have a voice and this voice can be heard at the meeting on wednesday.
The roads will be OB. The fisherman have been taken into account and we are trying to stay away from their area. I had a great talk with Mark who is in charge of the BMX track and he is excited about letting us expand closer to the track. He was very understanding about our want to expand and gave me a few simple guidelines. I got the go ahead to use more area than I had expected. I guess we have to get the ok from the parks department before we can expand. but this is third party info. hopefully this will all be addressed at the meeting.
Anybody that has an opinion that they want to express please come to the meeting. If you are not a current member come anyway and sign up. $20.
You are welcome.
I will admit that I and several of my friends left the work party out of disappointment that the creek side was being mowed, because we knew the Pierce County Parks Department had forbidden that area to be mowed and we wanted no part in it. Mark Kilmer and Todd were at the meeting in mid-2008 where the threat of the course being pulled was lifted, with permission to keep using the course as long as we respected the rules they laid down at that time. I am concerned that my hard work and Kilmer's hard work will have been for nothing if things are done outside of the club without adequate knowledge of these rules. Tacoma Disc Golf Association was granted the lease after hard work and persistance, especially by Kilmer and his wife. I don't understand if TDGA has renamed itself as Pierce County Disc Golf Association with the President's agreement, that being Kilmer, or if it is a completely separate club.
Perhaps I misunderstand--was permission granted to mow along the creek side? I hope you are all consulting with Kilmer, whom I believe has more knowledge of the agreement with the County than those who I see are taking action now (if you're not already consulting with him). I put in many, many hours from 2006 to 2008 when the course was in danger of being pulled spending time sending dozens of e-mails to several Parks Department officials, spending much time on the phone and in person with the County and BMX Mark. I would be very disappointed to see our privileges taken away and I just want to ask that you tread carefully with the endeavor of changing the course around. I wish I had time now to participate as much as I did in those two years, but my career is taking precedence now. Joining the club right now is something I hesitate to do until I see that it is an ORGANIZATION with the voted-in board members and President running the show. Please let me know when a Riverside Rep was officially elected via vote.
Putting the baskets back in was wonderful. Further adjustments to the course, as I said, need to be done in the context of County rules or our course may be taken away from us. Allowing us to move closer to the BMX territory will definitely turn Riverside into a more friendly tournament course, where right now it really isn't suitable due to its size.
Well, I just felt the need to voice all of this in an effort to help keep things going, even though I haven't given you $20 to listen to me.