I don’t even play disc golf, but I was left speechless for a minute. Disc golf is one of the reasons Pease Park is a destination. Activity is what draws people into parks. Think about Waterloo Park – little activity, little use, taken over by vagrancy. As best as I could tell, PARD made an executive decision [with little to no public input] to remove the disc golf course.
I’m normally sympathetic to PARD’s challenges and the hard decisions they need to make to keep Austin’s parks clean and accessible for the citizens of Austin. But, this decision truly baffles me. It’s frustrating to see reasons cited like “compacted soil” as sufficient cause to eliminate one of the best nontraditional uses of public space, something that is core to the spirit [and brand] of Austin, IMO.
I love this quote from Matt Odam’s post...
“The city should consider shutting down the Arboretum and tearing up the parking lots so there is much less runoff into Shoal Creek…”