August 28th, 2008
Want a new Seattle area course? The more people at this meeting the better
I just received this email from Keith at Chainbanger'z, it could probably be put into the potential courses thread, but I think this one is worthy of it's own thread. Here's the email:
Greetings Fellow Disc Golfers,
I am pleased to announce that I have made some strides with the City of Seattle Parks & Recreation Department.
I have written a proposal for a new 18 hole Disc Golf Course inside West Crest Park (located about 5 minutes from Lakewood).
Along with this proposal I have written a grant for a ridiculous amount of money, starting at $200,000.00 and upwards of $750,000.00.
I am not telling you that I have gotten either of these approved yet, but I am telling you this is underway and very much a possibility. There will be a Community Meeting & Planning Session coming up quickly which means at this point it's a free game, and that any one person with any one activity can come along and get something into this park. BUT, if a large group of say, some Disc Golfers make it a point to show up at this meeting the parks department will have no choice but to take a second glance at this proposed project. This will take less than 2 hours of your weekend. PLEASE SHOW UP TO THIS MEETING.
The timing is perfect because the funding is set aside and they have already broke ground for the West Seattle reservoir project, inside this park. Which means it's much easier to work on new projects when there is an existing development underway.
I really just want to ask all of you for a favor. PLEASE COME TO THIS MEETING, AND PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO COME TO THIS MEETING.
I was trying to think of an incentive. Maybe something from Chainbangerz? A disc? Then I thought, “what if 100 people show up?” Of course that would be awesome, but that's a pretty hefty tab, even at wholesale prices. So here's what I'm thinking. I shouldn’t need to bribe you at all, as a large enough presence could mean A NEW DISC GOLF COURSE. I think that's a pretty good incentive in itself. Not to mention the fact that if this happens, we could actually have a National Disc Golf Tour right here. If you make it to this meeting and approach me, I will write your name on a list. I will personally implement a certain amount of my time that I will devote for money to go towards you getting a disc of your choice. If I get this grant (most grants offer a match program. For example, here’s $50,000.00 now that we have given you this money you have to match it at a 2 to 1 ratio. So you work so many hours, or volunteer such and such amount in exchange). I will put in an additional amount of my time to get you a disc. I know it may not sound like much, but after all it will be a free disc. I'll even let you pick which type, color, weight, plastic, you name it. After all, without all of your help this may not happen.
I just recently attended the "unofficial" Seattle Disc Golf Club meeting. One thing that was certain and unanimously agreed upon was a need for more courses. As I looked around the room I noticed that we had a pretty good turnout, for a meeting that wasn't promoted as great as some hoped or thought. If that presence alone wasn't an indication that Disc Golf is larger than one room crammed full of people, and that if we don't treat it as such than nobody else will. Then I don't know what is. All I ask is that we prove the need to our City Parks & Recreation people. They, by the way, think that, “yes there needs to be more courses other than Mineral Springs. Especially in a city whose population far exceeds 1,000,000.” Honestly, if you don't show up to this meeting they will never know how badly we feel the need. Granted, the course may happen, but wouldn't that be cool to say YOU had a part in the future of the sport? No matter how big or little. This is your chance.
So many people have approached me and said, “Hey Keith is there anything I can do to help?” Well here it is. You can help by showing up. Don't worry the work parties aren't starting yet, so you still have time to get your excuses ready for when that day comes. That is . . . if that time comes.
So, here are the details:
Saturday Feb. 6th
10am to noon
Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St
Seattle, WA 98126
There is also a link below with all of the info.
If you check out this link, scroll down and you will see in the notes section, which is also right below. It’s on the second page, the second item. “Frisbee Disc Golf.” I know it's not much, but hey that was my one voice out of about 80. That’s why you’re getting this e-mail.
Together we can make a lot more noise.
Please feel free to forward this information to everyone you know.
Get in touch with me for questions or concerns.
Thank you for your time.
I hope to see you there.
Discovering Open Spaces
Chainbangerz Disc Golf Club
Chainbangerz Disc Golf Shop
Everyone, let's do what we can to get butts in the seats for this meeting! Not only can a large presence be good for getting this course installed, but it can also help pave the road for other courses in the future.