« on: November 21, 2009, 07:27:18 pm »
It is very nice to see that Steve Casey and the parks dept are making some changes. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of folks out playing today at Legacy.When driving into the park i jokingly asked, "is there some kind of tournament out here?" The parks dept has put money into this project and it has been a shame that the course was not getting the foot traffic. However,
"if you cut it, they will come."
I definately understand the concerns and complaints that you constantly hear about (whether on the board or from park users) how ridiculously tall the rough is and the nasty locust thorns. However, the changes have made great improvements. We got to applaud Steve Casey and their efforts. How nice is it to be able to see across the fields and fairways? Of course it is also great becuse you can find your discs easily. I saw several rec groups and some coed groups and they were able to play at a decent pace. That pace does not happen when the rough is super high and so tight.
It is great to see how much nicer the whole park looks with the mowing. Every time i went out there to play, i felt like i was in my grandpa's cattle pasture that boasts nasty locust and hedge thorns. The parks dept is moving in the right direction by trimming up trees in the fairways. Some fairways are actually resembling disc golf fairways that offer players reasonable escape routes or just reasonably safe places to walk without getting stabbed by thorns.
Of course their are many problems with their design, but it is nice to see progress. This is a step in the right direction and their actions will increase the foot traffic in the park. I would really like to see the LS parks and rec put more trust into our course coordinator. Although, it is nice to hear that they are taking recommendations from Brian but how about giving him the opportunity to do some of the minor tree trimming. Or hey here is a crazy thought...how about a work day where the KCFDC gets the course trimmed up to disc golf standards. Our club is responible for bring the worlds biggest disc golf tournament in history to KC and we probably are somewhat knowledgeable in tree trimming. It is not a woody course, so why have all your trees looking like they belong in a nasty over grown woody conservation area. This is where Blue Springs has done an excellent job with Young park. They understand what type of course they have and they trust in my judgement. They allow me the freedom to do the trimming necessary to make a hole fair, safe, and presentable. Bryan Harrelson and myself dropped a big tree and made huge piles of brush and they were on it. It really is not much different with so many of our other courses and their respected parks depts.
Dan is very accurate with the subject-Legacy Progress. It is great to see progress and i hope it continues and i would be glad to volunteer out there for any work day. Keep up the good work Steve Casey and LS parks and rec.