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General Banter / Re: New Disc Golf Course in Blue Springs? Young Park
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:35:04 PM »
yaa, not paying so much attention there.  i suppose this summer school thing is starting to wear on me.  got to earn the extra bucks to pay for my wedding this summer.


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General Banter / Re: New Disc Golf Course in Blue Springs? Young Park
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:11:33 PM »
i guess i need to get out and play and see what they have come up with jack.  i know they will want something that is kid/vandal proof.  Is the sign that Dick and Tracy consructed heavy duty and going to last for  the long haul?  i am assuming so, if it is $1000 for 18 which puts them at over $500 dollars a sign.  i have looked at Houck design but not requested a bid. that is really all could find in my very brief search.   they also want to get a rules sign.  Any decent rule signs out there that folks have seen and think are pretty cool?  The pe teacher at Lucy Franklin had his rules sign made and it looks pretty good.  i believe they are trying to budget for some sort of kiosk and maybe a shelter.  Shelter is a big maybe, but if we can save money here and there, we might be able to budget for more ammenities like benches which has been mentioned in passing. 

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this is just my opinion, but i do not see it opening up until later in the Fall.  they are doing lots of dirt work right now.  they want the land to be super smooth and easy to mow and manage.  Sometime in the near future, they are going to start discing up the land trying to knock out the established ivy which is super thick and in your face nasty.  i am not sure about how  long that process will take place, but i do not see them reseeding until mid to late August, which is actually one of the best times to seed.   I envision them not wanting folks out there tromping around on grass that is trying to take hold.  it is better to get the project right and be patient. the course will have some really unique holes to KC.  i am working on getting an island hole approved that could be shared by two holes.  however, it has one really nasty risk reward water hole and  two other decent water holes in addition two tight technical shots.   you cant go wrong with two tee pads per hole.  That course will get plenty of play in due time.  Baskets have not been ordered yet, nor have signs.  i will be meeting with them soon about signs. ANYONE got sign recommendations?  i would like to know if what signs folks like that range from low to high in cost.  I would like to give the city plenty of options to free up money for benches and other ammenities.


Thanks,
John

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William Yates Elementary / Re: Finally made it
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:08:01 AM »
Thanks a lot.  That really means a lot to me when folks enjoy it.  That course is my baby and was a great deal of work.  However, i had much help.  And it was installed for under 5K.  Definately had some major donations and discounted supplies along the way. The best thing about building a course out of neglected public land is seeing all the new folk in the area that have discovered the game.  There is an eighth grader named Clinton who plays out there about every day and the kid is BAD. He is still raw and has so much to learn but he is addicted.   He broke his arm this summer and now he is beating up older guys out there left handed. So whatever folks say/criticize about the course, that is their opinion, but that little course is turning on so many folks to disc golf and it is always getting used.   

Bring someone out to Yates that has never played before.  Introduce new players on a course where they can have some success.  Yates is 15 minutes from east of downtown.  Please remember that alcohol is illegal on school property in Missouri. 

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Shawnee Mission / Re: How does league night work at SMP?
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:14:37 PM »
if you play league several times a year, you might as well join.  it is cheaper that way, plus it goes to a good cuase.  you got to have money in order to keep these courses running.  our club puts a great deal of money into getting these coursed looking good.  all those tools and work days come at a price.   it is a no brainer.  Plus having a large member base helps legitimize our organization public relations wise.  It is awesome to go places and say that we are 200 strong or 300 strong. 

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:38:01 PM »
The course is coming along well and most of the tee pads are in.   Due to lack of available space, putting the pads in early is not an issue.  You do not have an abundance of room with options.  The course will not be ready untill late summer or early Fall.  They have dedicated three employees on site until  the projects gets completed.  However, there is much work still to be done.  They are moving lots of dirt and are trying to get the land smoothed out in order for it to be mowable and for drainage concerns.  Then the next step will be to disc or till up all the land.  Then they will drop seed sometime in the late late summer early fall.  In the meantime, they are building a second pond.  Be patient.  I ran into some guys who were told that it was playable.  Baskets will not be in for three, four, five months. 

Their parks  dept has been superb to work with.  The course is looking great. 

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I heard disc golf advertised for the first time on the radio.  810 was running an add for the Ozanam tourney.  That course is really doing great things for our sport. 

I have seen disc golf on TV several times, but this was the first time i heard a tourney being advertised. 

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: May 08, 2009, 12:50:02 PM »
some pads have been poured.  last week when we had a bunch of rain that slowed em down.  i am going out on Sat day morning if you want to go.  will not be doing much besides trying to figure out a tee pad for 17 and maybe 7.  i did not make it out last week so not sure what has gotten done. just to busy with my own stuff at home i.e. mowing.   got a call from the P&R to get a couple pads remarked with flags after they went in and leveled up the ground.

you should meet up with me and we can walk it.

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Shawnee Mission / Re: Welcome to Friendly Shawnee Mission...
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:17:26 PM »
I can not explain how frustrating the beer drinking issue is at Yates.  I find myself out there picking up  beer cans instead of enjoying my round.  You would think people would get the idea of not drinking at a park where it is prohibited, or at an elementary school.  Obviously not, because i continue to be funding my childrens college fund by all the beer cans i find at Yates. 

seriously golfers, figure it out!

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:35:56 PM »
i will call him today after work to let him know about the finish.  just found out over lunch they they will begin pouring all next week.  I am hoping that one of those days, Lance can get out next week and some what supervise on a pad. 

Not sure about helping you this summer.  i would like to , however ,this summer is going to be hit and miss.  i am teaching summer school to help pay for my wedding so i might not be able to. 

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: April 16, 2009, 12:47:17 PM »
i am not sure what all is being done with the sign issue, however i saw a sign that Jack had for a meeting in Blue Springs.  I am aware that Dick is working on something.  I am assuming that the information will be used in making new signs for several courses?  I think the city would just like to have universal signage.  I would like to get Young park included with this group.  They have the funds so that is not an issue.  The course would not be using an money allocated to the courses for WORLDS. 

Here is the latest course update
Four teepads were dug out and leveled yesterday.  Four to five more pads should be dug out today.  The high school students are on site today forming up the pads.  Might be pouring concrete tomorrow.  Definately going to be some concrete pouring next week.  Courses is looking great.  i can not wait to get out every day and see the progress. 

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General Banter / Re: Disc Golfer Magizine
« on: April 14, 2009, 04:12:51 PM »
all that BS needs to stop on shirts, logos, flyers for money events.  Do you really want that out there.  Come on folks, people bit$% and complain about sponsorship, yet we allow that stuff to be on published materials.  Are you going to see players last week at the Masters with gear like that.  Well some of you might say, "i do not want those stuff folks playing our game," well that is to bad becuase of the abundance of courses. Hmm ,i wonder why ball golf has large purses.  Disc golf has small purses with limited sponsorship.  Maybe folks do not want to associate their good names with illegal drugs.  There is time and a place for everything and i dont want to rain on anyones parade, but seriously.   i think most folks understand that, but why go out of your way and be blatant and in your face?  I see this like all the students that i work with that act up all the time for attention.  All the other students know that they are doing it for attention.  Okay, cool dude, you like to smoke.  The whole pot thing over and over and over just reeks of middle school behavior.  All the doctors, lawyers and professional folks that partake are not going around wearing their "  i smoke pot badge". 

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General Banter / Re: KC CASH Question
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:16:39 AM »
Kevin, what are you doing with all those baskets?  is that what you have at St. Mary's?  Do you have a private course and have been holding out?

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: April 09, 2009, 12:10:21 PM »
Latest report on Young Park

We had a meeting yesterday with all parties.  The school district had their reps and votech teacher and the parks and rec had all their folks.  We needed to get everyone in one room to discuss issues and present ideas.  Main thing discussed was the tee pad  installation work.  I feel that we all are on the same page and tee pads will begin to be dug and leveled starting on Monday.  The deforester machine will be kept around for another week, April 13-17.  Most trees have been removed and it will be used to chip up areas that still have a lot of large debris remaining.  Plus a crew will be coming through with chain saws to clean up trees and raise limbs.  The goal is to have 3-6 tees dug out per day and then have the HS students in there framing them up in the middle of next week. 

The parks and rec are very interested in having similiar signage as the other KC courses.  They want to get some more info about what KCFDC is doing for signs. 

I will be out to the park on Friday, April 10 to mark the final location of some tees.  If you want to come out, let me know.

call me if interested  816 739 9361

John

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General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:59:49 AM »
Here is the latest report on Blue Springs-
Deforester machine will be kept for one more week April 6-9

-Everything else is considering we have ideal weather conditions for a skid steer to be able to get into the park.  They do not have a skid with tracks so work will halt if it is rainy.
-The timeline that i have discussed with the parks and rec is to have the tee pads being dug out  April    13-17
-BSSHS Votech students will hopefully be on site working on forming pads by April 14th.  This will give them a month to form the pads and pour them. 
-NEXT WEEKEND or NEXT FRIDAY(EASTER WEEKEND) I will be marking pad locations.  If you are interested in coming out please do so.  Feel free to contact me at 739 9361 if you would like to help/offer insight.  I have not figure out exactly where all the pads will be, especially some of the rec pads.  There are supposed to be two pads per hole.
-I have been out almost daily marking additional trees to have taken out.  The course is looking great.  Really evolving.

John

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