Spring is in the air and soon discs will be too! Our team of volunteers is preparing to continue to work closely with city council to make a multi-use disc golf course a reality. The Nelson Disc Golf Society (NDGS) is a not-for-profit registered society wishing to promote and play the game of disc golf closer to our community of Nelson, British Columbia.
Our proposed disc golf course site is in a forested area adjacent to the City of Nelson pipeline trail in Nelson’s uphill area. The forest was brushed, thinned and burned off in 2010, and NDGS would like to help maintain and enhance the area as a multi-use natural park area for disc golfers, dog walkers, hikers and mountain bikers.
On November 22, 2010, we made our original presentation to Nelson City Council, which was followed by presentations to the Nelson Regional Sports Council and the RDCK Recreation Commission #5. Since then we have had a hugely popular booth at Canada Day last summer and have been growing our volunteer base.
Please click the link ”Proposal Details” above to see the original, long-term proposal, map, interesting facts and testimonials from other community officials familiar with the game.
Here are a few key pieces of information that will clarify our current temporary proposal and longer-term proposal:
- It will be impossible to land a frisbee in the cemetery accidentally.
- The site is currently used by mountain bikers, joggers and hikers and dog walkers, and those activities will not experience any changes.
- The course layout averages more than a city block from the edge of the cemetery and there is a buffer of dense forest between the proposed site and the cemetery.
- We have had members exploring/playing at the site, and we are very confident there will be no disruptions to the neighbourhood ambiance or cemetery users.
- Disc golfers take pride in their courses, and NDGS would like to clean up the abandoned couches, bags of garbage hauled in by bears, barbed wire, grafitti and fire pits. Our presence will help keep the site clean while deterring bears and inappropriate activities.
- To date, we have done everything the city has suggested: we have registered as a non-profit society, made presentations to council and Rec. Commision #5, scaled back the proposal to a temporary one, negotiated liability insurance, joined the Nelson Regional Sports Council, joined the BC Disc Sports Society, spoken with: the fire department, parks staff, cemetery staff, city administrators, adjacent neighbours, the Nelson Cycling Club, the Jehovah Witness Church (parking), BC Seniors Games, and B.A. Blackwell and Associates (fire mitigation company).
- The layout is flexible, and the course can be moved closer to the Trans-Canada Trail, if necessary.
- The site is in a steep, rocky, forest, not the cemetery. It is already zoned P1, which allows for parks and recreational use. Unfortunately, the cemetery bylaw currently covers the entire 40-acre park, and other parcels, in error. The cemetery itself is only 19 acres. Referring to the disc golf site as “cemetery lands” is a questionable term.
- The installation is similar in size and principle to the seniors exercise equipment at Lakeside Park. Anyone can use it, and it’s free.
- The temporary proposal is a low-commitment, free, open-ended installation. The city can ask us to leave earlier if there are unresolvable issues.
- Over $12,000 was pledged in under one week of fundraising from over 80 individuals and 13 business sponsors including Nelson District Credit Union, Valhalla Pure, Hume Hotel, Whitewater Ski Resort, Kootenay Co-op Store, Retallack Lodge, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine, Ripping Giraffe, Big Cranium Designs, NRG, Cornerstone General Contracting, Eagle Creek Guest House, Limbwalker Tree Services and the Mt. Sentinel Fire Crew.
- NDGS now has two portable chain baskets and dozens of discs, available to loan out to schools and for special events.
The community support has been overwhelming since day one. Thanks to all our supporters for your contributions and patience!
We had an incredible turn-out and lots of positive feedback at our booth at the Canada Day celebrations at Lakeside Park. We had two chain baskets for kids and adults to try, handed out hundreds of stickers and met many new and avid disc golf enthusiasts.
If you’re new to the sport, please check out some of the links here at our website. There are some great videos and information about the game of disc golf.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Mike Moor at 250-354-7741. He’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and ensure you have the correct information.
Have a great day.
Nelson Disc Golf Society