The Clearwater Park Draft Master Plan is now available online if you'd like to check it out. There is also a short survey where you can give feedback on the plan.
Currently, a 9 hole disc golf course is proposed in a mostly wide open part of the park. No design has been proposed yet, what you will see in the draft plan is just an example of how a course would fit into the proposed area. The parks planners are interested in design help from disc golfers if the course is approved.
Given how many different amenities made it into the draft plan - disc golf, archery range, nature trails, nature center, fishing pier, etc - and the amount of language in the plan referencing parts of the park being a "natural area" I am pretty skeptical that they would consider moving the disc golf proposal to a more interesting part of the park. There's just not that much space.
That's good and bad, in my opinion. It's good because the other areas of the park suitable for disc golf would take a lot of work to get ready, be much more expensive to install, and would be seasonally very, very wet and possibly not playable year round. Sort of a mini-Bryant park situation. Do-able, but not something that a park district brand new to disc golf would probably jump into right away. The proposed area is much more ready to install. The draft plan refers to the course being on a "trial basis" so this area does make some sense as it will be low-cost to get up and running. it's bad because the course will likely be not that interesting.
At best this would be a short, very open beginner friendly course that could showcase how popular disc golf has become and how it can co-exist in a multi-use park without a lot of expense to the park district. That would hopefully spark some interest in more course development with Willamalane in the future at another site.
All things considered I think this is really a great thing for disc golf in Eugene-Springfield. Thank you to all the people who got this ball rolling with Willamalane over the last few years, to my knowledge these people include Dave Feldberg, Andrew Rich, Jesse Everett and Rebecca Duffy but I'm sure there were more. The fact that we made it into a draft master plan and the parks planners seem inclined to install without a huge fuss is a nice change of pace.
The Master Plan: