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Cliff Drive / Rain rain go away.....No league 8.29.16
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:19:59 am »
Too much rain this weekend (with last nights area dumping) we got over 9 inches of rain in 48 hours.  As such no league tonight, we will try again on the 12th as there will be no league on the Holiday next week.

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Cliff Drive / 8.22.16 League results
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:42:59 am »
3 came, 3 played, one won...

Jack-54
Bill-58
Ted K-60

Next week back at Cliff.

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Cliff Drive / 8.8.16-No League tonight--Reservoir History
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:57:15 pm »
http://northeastnews.net/pages/?p=11619

For your reading pleasure, some History on the Reservoir.....

Filled: The real deal on Northeast’s reservoir

By admin | Posted March 14th, 2012 |

By Michael Bushnell
Northeast News
March 14, 2012

Recently, there’s been quite a bit of talk about the possibility of filling in the old reservoir overlooking Cliff Drive with dirt and creating more usable park green space or an area for mountain bikers to test their skills.

Given the historic structure is again the center of attention for redevelopment, we’d like to offer an historic perspective on the original intent and purpose of the long neglected, yet integral piece of Northeast history.

In 1909, Kansas City’s Fire and Water Commission proposed building a large water reservoir atop the bluff overlooking the burgeoning, industrial East Bottoms. The area required a high rate of water for industrial purposes due to the growing number of new factories and manufacturing operations that had located there over the past 10 years. Breweries, ice houses, railroad yards, all in need of large quantities of industrial water.

The plan, however, languished and wasn’t broached again until 1914, when it was mentioned in a parks department report outlining improvements to the parks and boulevard system for the city. Construction of the massive reservoir was finally undertaken in 1919 at roughly the same time the Waldo water tower was being constructed. Upon its completion in 1920, the new Northeast reservoir, along with the older but smaller reservoir in Observation Park near 20th Street and Jarboe, gave the city an industrial water supply of more than 23 million gallons of water to serve its growing manufacturing base in the East and West Bottoms areas.

The new reservoir overlooking the East bottoms measured 590-feet long by roughly 230-feet wide and had a capacity of 16 million gallons of water. The smaller Holly Street reservoir located in Observation Park near 20th and Jarboe was roughly 300 feet long by 150-feet wide and had a capacity of 7.75-million gallons.

Almost immediately after being put into service in 1920, Northeast’s huge basin was beset with problems. Cracks began to develop along the seams of the poured concrete basin under the immense pressure of the collected water.

Due to a growing population and the need for more modern water delivery techniques, Kansas Citians passed an $11 million bond issue to construct a new water works on the north side of the river, complete with water intakes located on the Missouri River. Prior to the completion of the new facility, the city’s water intake was on the Kansas River, downstream from the stockyards and all the slaughterhouses that dumped their spent fluids and waste into the river.

In 1928, the new water treatment facility went online. Shortly thereafter in 1931, the newly constructed Northeast Pumping Station on Nicholson Trafficway in the East Bottoms was put into service, thereby rendering the Northeast reservoir obsolete. Its contents were drained and it’s been a forgotten piece of Northeast history for more than 80 years.

Over the years, a variety of neighborhood-based adaptive re-use ideas have been floated for the old reservoir. Some of those ideas included an amphitheater, a skateboard park and even an extreme sports venue with half pipes, jumps and rails for riders to test their skills. The old reservoir, however, continues to sit neglected and vacant, waiting for an adaptive reuse plan that will best use its cavernous twin bowls and stunning view of the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway.

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Cliff Drive / LDO 2016 Big Course layout
« on: July 29, 2016, 04:10:04 pm »
I am sure there will be a much prettier version but here you go for now!
Hole #1=Play #10 to the middle right placement
Hole #2=Tee from Road go to LONG #18/Practice Pin
Hole #3=Play #11 Short
Hole #4=Tee from the Road to #11 Long Pin
Hole #5=Play Hole #12
Hole #6=Play Hole #13 Short
Hole #7=Tee from the Road and play to #14 Short pin
Hole #8=Tee from #15 Pad and play to #14 Long Pin
Hole #9=Tee from Road and play to #15 Short Pin
Hole #10=Play Hole #16 Short
Hole #11=Tee from #17 pad and play to #18 Pin long left
Hole #12=Play hole #1 to Practice Basket left
Hole #13=Tee from the Road and play to long #1 pin
Hole #14=Play hole #2 Short placement
Hole #15=Play hole #3
Hole #16=Play hole #4 Short
Hole #17=Play hole #5 Short
Hole #18=Play hole #6 Long

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Cliff Drive / Work days upcoming
« on: July 21, 2016, 12:33:07 pm »
Posting information about the needs at Cliff for the Lion's Den (August 6th).  I hope to be out there this and next weekend to work on the following:

Get trash out and cans cut to have in place

#1-Mow around the basket and the hillside to the south of the basketClear out any trash on the hillside, clean up a little off the pad
#2-mow Fairway--New--Weedeat the right side off the pad down to the grass section
#3-Clean around the top shelf area of the basket and expose cliff.  Cut honeysuckle and weeds on the right hillside
#4-Clean weeds/overgrowth in front of padremove downed tree pieces to side of fairwayMow and weedeat the entire area
#5-Mow the hillside and the top layer
#6-Mow fairway and weedeat--ignore long placement for now
#7-#8--clear out the back hole placement and weeds along the hillside.  Exposing as we always do the rock walls all the way down the fairway.  Weedeat everywhere and expose a little more on the long #8--New some done, need more!!!  Replace 3 missing chains or 4?[/b]
#9-clear out more of the view to the lexington bridge, clean off all the IVY on the big tree by #10 pad
#10-Clear out tree that is over the pad.  Clean up long placement area

That should do it for now.  If you want to help let me know.  9143-485-5123

7/28/16
New--get all the brush from the past week collectively out by the road/tee pad #10 area from staging area
Continue to clear out and spray herbicide as we cut
get trash collected and up to hole 1 from hillside and all cans
Get cans on the course (Anyone got a portable saw?)
Clean off "original #1 pad area) from honeysuckle, add piles and open up the hillside to ease removal of trash on #1
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More to follow as we get there.  For More information about the event out on the course on August 6th check out http://lionsdenopen.com/  The park's baskets went in permanently in August of 2004, so the course will be 12 this year, and continues to grow on people across the world!

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We have our board meeting tonight, so I will work on getting league going but will have to leave afterwards.

With my knee still not operational to the point I want to move baskets, I haven't gotten there to alter them this past weekend.

Derrick indicated he may help move a few but probably will just play it as set for now and see how I do this week.  I am getting better.

Ace Fund $591, its available for you to get.....but you have to be there to play and win it!

Teeing off promptly at 6, please be prepared to be signed up by 5:45.

Thanks,

Jack

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Cliff Drive / 4th of July at Cliff?--Looking for help
« on: June 09, 2016, 04:32:57 pm »
There is planned events at Cliff Drive on the 4th, and they would like to include a Disc Golf Event.  I was hoping that someone might be interested in playing/running as I will be in Iowa.

If you have an interest let me know.  I don't think that it will be a "charged" event, but I will have score cards and set the course up quite friendly for people to enjoy.


Let me know if you have an interest in helping.

Thanks,

Jack

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Swope / SWOPE CLOSED THURSDAY JUNE 16th in the morning
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:26:17 pm »
Please be advised that Swope Disc golf course will be closed for public play on Thursday morning June 16th. Please spread the word. Parks and Recreation will be having a meeting there and have asked for us to help. It will be open for play probably about noon.

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Blue Valley / 6/6/16 NE KC PDGA League-Blue Valley
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:49:12 am »
Reminder NE League Kansas City Style tonight is at Blue Valley park. Please be there by 5:35 to check in want to get started by 6.

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Cliff Drive / 6/6/16 NE KC PDGA League-Blue Valley
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:48:34 am »
Reminder NE League Kansas City Style tonight is at Blue Valley park. Please be there by 5:35 to check in want to get started by 6.

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Water Works / Construction to begin soon...like real soon!
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:15:13 pm »
Many of you are aware that there has been a plan in place to add trails in WW park, and that process has been undergoing review for over a decade.  Well that time is fast approaching and they will begin surveying the park this week and quite possibly breaking ground next week.

This major change at the park will bring a shelter by current hole #12, and trails that flow through holes #12, #13, and #2-#9.

We have worked hard to configure the trails in a mannerism that will minimize the impact to the course but we will now be sharing the park more than in the past.  most of the initial work will be in the North part (by #12) to start and then will continue as the summer goes.  The goal is to have most of this completed by Mid-September/October timelines.

We will be working on a plan as well to have Ben Crosby work with new features to work towards beautification of WW, and as such there may be some changes that take place in regards to the basket movements as well, as we may need to work towards a model with minimal basket movement this summer than we are accustomed to.

Please realize that these changes will enable us to have a better overall presentation for the park and many plans have been delayed as we have worked the P&R to ensure that our place is still #1 within the park.  They value our input, they love what we have done over the past 2 decades in the park, and realize we are the #1 stakeholder in the park.

Change is hard and I know that it may not appear as though to some, but this is a great chance for us to work towards a better park for everyone to enjoy!

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Cliff Drive / 5/23/16 League-Unless it's raining, it is ON!
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:53:09 pm »
If it's raining when we get out there then we may not play, but if it's not, this is what I am thinking the format will look like.

Altered format to stay out of the woods.....  Will play like this....
1-Start-hole #7
2-Hole #8 to hangar
3-Hole #8 to trees
4-hole #9
5-hole #10
6-Tee from road to alt/practice long 18
7-Short#11
8-Long #11
9-#12
10-#13
11-#14
12-#15
13-#16
14-from #17 pad to top of hill #18
15-#17
16-#18 by road
17-#1 to practice basket
18-#1 from the road



All cards would start on #7 or #8 and rotate through the three holes there, with short #8 teeing off first and then going to #7 then playing #8 long, this will be ok if we have 12 or less people, if we go to 16 people then we will have 2 cards start on #7.

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Cliff Drive / 5/16/16 PDGA League-Game Time Decision
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:38:57 am »
We shall see how it looks, if the rain keeps up though....will be hard to play.

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Tournaments / The good bad and the ugly of the 2016 KCWO
« on: May 09, 2016, 05:15:32 pm »
I always like to hear what people liked and hated....

For me.....

Need more spotters/helpers.  This is about #1 on the list.  For an event to have as many people as we do, our local support isn't as strong as it could/should be.  The people that did help in almost every instance are EXTREMELY GREAT, translation, those that help seem to get better every year, but we still need more #'s.  I honestly believe that we have some of the best help imaginable, but it is quite simply to thin.  We must have more volunteers to make this event run better.  I know that this is a HOT issue with Scott and Dick as well, and they have some ideas on what to do to help with raising this, but this was about the #1 thing that I felt we needed more of.

Better distribution of prizes/checks.  This one is SOLELY on my shoulders.  I dropped the ball and I should have been more prepared for it.  I know that Tammie, Kelly and Nate did a great job with it, but I didn't prepare them for success, and I realized that this morning how simple I should have made it for them.  This I will be able to be better prepped for next year in most scenarios.  The problem is always waiting until that last putt goes in......afterall who would think that someone from the leader card would finish 22?

Stronger and better contingent plans for the awards.  The rain killed a lot of what we wanted to have happen, and the backup plan wasn't available.  But I believe thanks to a few ideas we had that we can moving forward ensure even in inclement weather a good plan to help finish that off.

Host hotel wasnt up to the expectations of our needs, and we will be exploring more options for the future of that decision.

The +....
Courses were in pretty darn great shape, except possibly WW.  I say except WW, because it didn't get the attention it needs, and also I believe that personally we have just lost so many trees out there that it doesn't represent to me what WW should be like.  This sort of ties in to volunteerism and the advantages of the courses getting all pretty for the Wide Open so we can enjoy it afterwards.

The Performance Flight and players packs and Trophies.  Those compliment the event, and I think that Dick and Scott did a FANTASTIC job of looking out for each player.  I am confident that each package they created, they took great care in...(except John Chapman....someone took Chapman's package at the opening night ceremonies...I am hopeful it shows up)

Our staff and our volunteers leading up to and continuing through the weekend.  We have GREAT people, we just need more....we have some of the best volunteers in the world, and the world comes to see us because of that.  We are blessed locally.

The hospitality of the non playing folks.  You know the names and the people, and it is part of the charm of playing in KC that brings people here.  We have a great community of disc golfers and this is your family, our family, my family.  We get mad at each other, we want to yell and shout, but ultimately we all agree when times are needed to help most of us do what we can (we again just need more on the courses to help)

Caddy Book the attention to detail needed by Swope Gold was spot on.  It helps having the book out in advance so that we can do the courses EXACTLY like the book. 

Opening night seemed to be a good hit with many, and I really enjoyed not having to think about anything else during the week.  This lines up nicely with tee time starts for folks...yes it makes for a MUCH longer day with the staff, but it also is slightly easier to move through people and not get slammed....

Some ~
Jack missing deadline on the grant money hurt (I forgot to submit one form and lost a grant that I work hard to get every year...aggravating is an understated word for me on this topic)

More volunteers....just HAVE to figure out how to spread the workload to others, it is to me the #1 problem we had....



Again I am looking for feedback positive, negative, or curiosity from the event, either as a player, a volunteer, a staff member, spectator, or watching online what you feel was done right, wrong, or why did we do it that way.  I appreciate everyone's opinion even if I don't agree with it.....those I don't agree with I may think harder about..... :-)


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Cliff Drive / 5/9/16 PDGA League-Cancelled
« on: May 09, 2016, 02:02:17 pm »
Due to rain overnight and all day yesterday I am
1) Not wanting to go through a mudfest for the holes
2) Have to complete reports for the Wide Open
3)too tired to care about league today

We will try again next week!

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