, 2022-08-15 19:57:03,
Disc golf players are swinging for the fences in attempts to reverse a decision by the City of Calgary to remove a disc golf course at North Glenmore Park.
The sport combines ultimate frisbee and golf, in which players try to get their disc into a basket on each hole and complete the round with as few throws as possible.
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The course was installed in spring of 2021, with the help of the Calgary Disc Golf Club.
It wasn’t expensive.
The city paid just over $500 to supply the gravel, holding up posts — or so-called “tonals” — which make a ringing noise when frisbees strike them.
“It was just a matter of getting some fence posts and getting some pipe to slide overtop of it to make a little bit of a noise when you play to it,” said Calgary Disc Golf Club member Jim Stevens.
But it was meant to be a temporary installation: city officials hoped it would provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation during the pandemic.
“A temporary amenity doesn’t require full engagement with a community, which helped provide this outdoor amenity to Calgarians as quickly as possible,” said the City of Calgary in a statement to Global News.
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It’s unclear whether frustrations from some Lakeview community members played in to the decision for the course’s removal.
“A couple of the residents complained about it being disruptive,” said Kyle Chiasson, a disc golf player and the owner of Gander Disc Golf.
“We’ve really tried to work with them to make sure we’re as low impact on the area as we could.”
The City of Calgary suggests with pandemic restrictions now lifted, the pressure on city parks has eased.
“Calgary currently has more disc golf courses than any other municipality in Canada, and the city continues to work on balancing the needs of a variety of emerging sports,” the city said.
The city currently operates three permanent disc golf courses, but there are at least four…
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