One component that may get lost is the notion that there is a 50 acres of land there. That includes the land that is to the East of Broadway as well where there are softball fields, the dog park, etc.....so keep that in mind as well.
Again I hated saying this isn't safe and shouldn't be considered at the time, especially with 2003 worlds right aroud the corner then. Having a place to send people when we only had 5 area places to play really at the time (Swope, Rosedale, Olathe, WyCo, WW) really was something that I was EXCITED about looking to push through. Knowing even then that we had Cliff, and Blue Valley already being moved forward by P&R. At that time we were in conversations as well with Shawnee Mission Park, Lees Summit, and exploring Riverside and Heritage Park for the future locations. I was working as well on Hidden Valley Park with their associations to help as well.
Well here we are, some 12 years later......All of the above have gone in, and we can add, Private courses Come and gone as well with Teds's and Bill's.....and add 3 in Smithville, Kearney, Lake Olathe, P-Hill, Blue Springs, Yates, Fox Hill, Liberty, Platte City, Perry & Atchison (close cut off there....but you see where I am going). There are plans in place for at least 5 other courses in the area that I know about right now, with at least 4 others exploring the idea.
Bottom line, we have to do what is safe to continue to see support from our community leaders. If we put in a course that isnt' safe, the negative press will harm that growth. Now again I feel that our BIGGEST FAIL right now, is the growth of membership and ownership within the club. We have as you can see above grown nicely as an organization to help promote and foster that development over the past decade to entice places to feel comfortable with the sport. But we haven't grown the organziation to mirror that course growth. We have grown about 300% of the courses in town, and maybe grown the club membership to a little over 300 active, or up about 100% from our numbers of active members in 2002. We need more members to help us get things done in the parks, and to help us maintain and keep that high level of course maintenance and partnerships with the P&R locally that we have.
I digress, but it is something that concerns me a lot. Until we can have 30 people showing up at workdays consistently, the goal of having additional parks should be scrutinized completely. If the P&R will guarantee their staff will maintain the course after design that is one thing, but one of our biggest selling points to P&R is that we take ownership, we partner with them to ensure that the course is in good repair, and we work collectively to help keep that land they trust us with in good shape. At times I feel as though we FAIL on that effort, because everyone plays, and many don't help. If we all worked to keeping the park clean, removing trash, and cooperating with each other, and it wasn't the same people over and over, we would all win.
I am not saying we don't all help, I am saying that we need to push our community to have over 500 active members. We should, we are being beat by the St. Louis club in membership, and Des Moines is close. We have better courses, better people, and we shouldn't even see them in our mirror. We are better than them but we can't seem to get everyone to see that. Let's make a goal this year to get over 600 active members. That would be a 100% increase from our current list. If everyone one of us got 1 person to sign up, and one person to renew that hasn't in a couple of years, we are there.
Then I think we can call ourselves the best disc golf club in the world. Right now, we just live in the best disc golf community, lets be better than we think we can. Let's make ourselves better, let's be the best we can.
If we reach 600 active members this year, I will personally buy a dunk tank and take the seat, and work on getting others for the seat at the club championships. Interested?