Nelson City Council has approved the transition of the Art Gibbon Park disc golf course from a one-year pilot project, started in the spring of 2020, to a permanent feature of the park.
City staff monitored the pilot project throughout the year and told council at its June 15 meeting that none of the potential issues previously identified by neighboring Rosemont residents had occurred.
There has been no traffic or parking congestion in the park, no congestion on the walking trails, no safety issues on the disc golf course, no complaints about noise or litter and no loss of green space .
Chris Charlwood of the Nelson Disc Golf Society said the group was happy with the decision.
âAlready a hit with beginner and competitive players as well as families,â he wrote in an email, âthis course provides great exercise and a cool place to play in the shade on hot summer days. ‘summer.”
Disc golf is similar to golf in that its objective is to complete each hole with a minimum of strokes or, in the case of disc golf, with a minimum of throws. Instead of a hole, there is a raised wire basket, and instead of golf balls, plastic discs. Players must overcome obstacles such as trees, shrubs and changes in terrain.
The proposal for the disc golf course was put forward last year by the Nelson Disc Golf Society on the grounds that it is a low-cost, family-friendly sport that is growing in popularity. The course was installed in the existing pedestrian paths of the park.
âI was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the citizens’ concerns never materialized,â Councilor Jesse Woodward said at the June 15 meeting.
âI was there recently with my son,â he added, âand saw this multi-purpose park in many ways, like Lakeside or Lyons. It was awesome to watch the whole look of it. ‘Art Gibbon Park now, for people with children, people who want to walk the dog.
Councilor Keith Page agrees.
âNo matter how many kids you have, there is probably something for everyone of any ageâ¦ I’m glad we pushed this and didn’t take too much of the risk of being the pilot. “