Original Published on Jun 29, 2022 at 14:05
By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Disc golfers in Mile Zero are looking to add six new holes to the local course, presenting an expansion and revitalization plan to Dawson Creek city council on June 13.
Disc golf club president David Rattigan pitched the presentation, proposing that Barbaree and Chamberlain Park could have additional baskets added to them as part of a revitalization project. One would be replaced to improve the course layout.
“Like most groups, we’ve had bumps and challenges along the road, but we’re glad to continue to grow and give back to the community in various ways,” said Rattigan.
Temporary disc golf baskets would be set up in the parks, testing the new layout. The public would be encouraged to play and give their feedback on the revised course. Rattigan says the community benefits from the low-to-no-cost sport and asked the city for financial assistance to fund new baskets and equipment.
“We’re looking to support recreation in the city as much as we can, because we love disc golf and we think it’s a really accessible sport,” he added. “It’s not limited to just young people, anyone can play.”
Thirteen holes currently exist in the parks, and Rattigan estimates roughly 20,000 rounds of disc golf have been enjoyed by residents over the past five years. Members are anywhere from age five to 70 years old.
“Thirteen holes is not enough for an actual tournament round, so if we were wanting to host tournaments and be a standard disc golf course, we’re looking to get to that 18 number,” said Rattigan.
It’s estimated that new baskets and related gear would cost around $16,800, with a second design phase in 2024 costing between $5,000 and $8,000 for disc golf tee pads. Rattigan said the club is just looking for capital for the equipment, with volunteers willing to do all of the installation work.
The club is also in their second year of a disc-loaning program in partnership with the Pouce Coupe Library and Dawson Creek Municipal Library. The discs can be borrowed for free, just like books.
The club has been a part of the community since 2015 and boasts 40 members, hosting weekly disc golf events such as league nights, tournaments, and clinics – the club has always fundraised to provide the baskets and gear.
This item reprinted with permission from Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John, British Columbia