The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf

From the outsiders news letter:

Chico's Park Commission will meet on 7PM on Monday, August 25th, in downtown Chico (421 Main Street City Council chambers) to approve the environmental report for the Bidwell Park Master Management Plan.

That report lays out several options for disc golf in Upper Bidwell Park. To summarize the options they are to improve the site for disc golf, leave it the way it is, or remove disc golf and hire consultants to restore the area. After spending $600,000 to create this plan it is unlikely that the city will leave things the way they are.

We believe that there is a Park Commission majority that would vote to remove disc golf. The final decision will rest with the City Council but the majority on the council receives campaign support from the group that wants disc golf removed.

If the Park Commission votes to remove disc golf on 8/25/08 then it will be much more difficult to get a positive result from the City Council. If you want to continue playing disc golf in Bidwell Park it is essential that you make decision makers aware of your opinion.

This newsletter has three things you can do to support disc golf. Please do these things now.

Write A Letter To The Editor
1. Write a positive letter to the editor in support of disc golf in Bidwell Park. Do this by Sunday 8/17/08 to ensure it is printed before the meeting on the 25th (here is the link http://www.chicoer.com/letters).

You can keep it short and to the point. You love the park, you love disc golf, keep the two together. A letter to the editor lets city officials and members of the public know that this is an important issue.

You won't be alone in submitting one. Others are already doing it.
Attendance Counts
2. Attend the meeting on August 25th and ask the Park Commission to approve disc golf in the park plan update.

Don't expect someone else to stand up for your park use. There are people actively trying to remove recreation from Bidwell Park. It is happening to disc golf, and paragliders are now getting the same treatment.

This ends when the public shows up and demands continued access to public land.

Seek Council
3. Contact your City Councilors and ask them to support disc golf in Bidwell Park:
( http://www.chico.ca.us/City_Council/Home_Page.asp )
City Councilors are hearing that disc golf is ruining the park. Some will be receiving campaign contributions from the same people that hired lawyers to remove disc golf from Bidwell Park.

Disc golfers don't have lawyers. But a simple meaningful email exchange with any councilor can help. Ask them to make decisions that are good for healthy recreation. As a voter you should have that conversation.

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For those of you who are familiar with the battles of putting in a course, we need your help! For those of you who don't, we need your help too! A great example is the course in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA that took over nine years to be approved and installed... Chico's plight is very much the same. We have had no official course to play until just recently when a childrens nine hole course was installed on about 8 acres in Hooker Oak Park. This is by no means a solution to the disc golf needs of our community. Please write a letter or letters and help us save our courses!


Mark Bohn Sr.
PDGA #26175
Good Luck! Get as many positive people to the city hall meeting.
Bodies make a difference at those meetings.
This a great recorded voice mail that says it all.... That is all about our oposition....

Good luck Senior. I will add my voice to the chorus. Hit me up next time you come down to the City.

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