, 2022-07-23 14:28:14,
Joe Zimmerly, a member of the Conejo Disc Golf Club, looks forward to playing the sport he loves on a permanent course at Heritage Park in the coming months.
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District’s long-range planning committee, made up of board members Bev Dransfeldt and Jordan Roberts, met July 14 to discuss the possibility of building a permanent course within district boundaries.
“We are very excited that disc golf is potentially making its way to Camarillo,” Zimmerly said in an interview. “We want to say thank you to all who have helped the club get this far, and we cannot wait to see where we go.”
Disc golf gained popularity during the pandemic. The Conejo and Rancho Simi recreation and park districts have several permanent disc golf courses, while the City of Moorpark has a disc golf practice area.
Community members already play disc golf in the Pleasant Valley district’s parks, bringing their own nets or aiming at random objects. The Conejo Disc Golf Club, for example, designed a nine-hole course at Heritage Park.
Those advocating for a permanent course have submitted public comments during several board and committee meetings.
“I think that the district should create a disc golf course because there are not too many sports that provide equal opportunities for all ages and all skill levels to play here in Camarillo,” Zimmerly told the Acorn. “Whether it is recreational or competitive, disc golf is a welcoming sport open to all people to try. Camarillo would benefit from a course being installed.”
After the May 11 committee meeting, district staff recommended four of the district’s 28 parks—Valle Lindo, Heritage, Lokker and Encanto—for further consideration.
They then met with two local members of the Conejo Disc Golf Club to tour the recommended parks, reviewing possible basket and tee locations.
“The club’s No. 1 goal when starting this process was that any baskets in the ground is better than none,” Administrative Analyst Dylan Gunning said during his presentation. “Their No. 2 goal is to develop a strong relationship with our district as we work together to make this happen.”
Zimmerly said PVRPD has been a pleasure to work with.
“Their responsiveness from the beginning has proven to me that everyone has the ability to make a difference in our community,” he said.
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