I have just returned from the Community Services Commission Meeting where we discussed the future of the Deerfield Community Park disc golf course. Here is my understanding of what occurred and what decisions were made. If you have any follow-up questions, or would like to know how to contribute, please contact me at doug at irvinediscgolfclub.com
- There were over 40 people in attendance + 5 city commissioners.
- Brief history of the park and course was provided, including the 2008 redesign. There was recognition that a lot of work went into developing a safer course.
- Approximately 6 people spoke to close the disc golf park citing how they were hit, their dogs were hit or how they were nearly hit by discs. Additionally one resident brought pictures showing damage to his property and to vehicles. The largest concern was the potential that someone would be seriously injured.
- Approximately 12 people, including several local residents, spoke to keep the disc golf park citing family environment (all ages of players), casual play, exercise, giving the teenagers something to do besides get into trouble, lack of courses in Orange County, giving a purpose to the unused field areas of the park, increased usage of the park, etc.
- Some of the commission feedback included questions around the injury statistics and comparing them to other amenities over the course of the last 5 years, discussion on banning "driver" discs due to their long flight path and how that would be enforceable (tabled till March meeting and more information can be gathered), the need for commission members to go out and survey the course for themselves and maybe play a round to understand both sides of the issue, the need to have a solution before considering shutting down Deerfield, conceptual places that might be used for short- or long-term relocation.
- Commission recommended a task force be established, composed of concerned residents and disc golfers alike, to accomplish the following tasks; recommendations on how to improve the safety of the Deerfield Disc Golf course; Review other successful courses located in busy park-like areas; and find a location for an interim 9-hole course. Secondarily the task force will identify a location for a permanent 18-hole professional length course.
I have added my name into the hat to be on the task force, but if I am not selected, I will receive email updates form the task force which I can pass along here.