Support for Ucluelet Disc Golf Course Gains Momentum – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
The Rotary Club of Ucluelet is championing the design and development of a disc golf course in the heart of town.
Rotary member Jeff Anderson presented a pitch to the board at the April 26 regular meeting, gaining full support and momentum for a 9-hole course located behind the water tower and BMX park on Matterson Drive .
“Nine holes fit the bill perfectly,” Anderson said. “The course would extend the park recreation area up the hill behind the water tower and back down to the BMX track near the volleyball court. It actually makes a big loop behind there. There is parking at the (community center) and it is very central.
Disc golf is a family-friendly, year-round outdoor sport for all ages, Anderson says. Disc golf is played using similar rules to golf, but instead of using a ball and clubs, players use a disc and try to get around the course by throwing the disc at a target area, which is the “hole”. “. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), Canada had 365 courses in 2021, a 21% jump from the 300 courses it had in 2020.
“At this point, it would be hard to find a podcast, article or interview that doesn’t touch on the growth of the game. It’s certainly impossible to understate or ignore,” reads the intro for the PDGA demographic report 2021.
Mayor Noel said the new outdoor recreation opportunity is a good win for the city.
“The only one for me would be wildlife movement,” Noel said, adding that district staff should consider that aspect when preparing their report.
Councilor Jennifer Hoar expressed her support.
“I love the project. Anything that gets people out and enjoying it and the minimal impact on the topography is always a good thing,” she said.
Ucluelet Community Planning Director Bruce Greig cautioned against the project as the water tower site is highlighted in the Official Community Plan for potential housing.
“Take a lighthearted approach. We advise you to invest in too much permanent infrastructure,” Greig said.
To date, Ucluelet Rotary has raised approximately $5,000 to fund the project and they currently have a 1,000 piece puzzle for sale with proceeds going to support the dream of the disc golf course. Anderson says the Rotary Club of Ucluelet plans to approach local businesses to sponsor each hole to help maintain the course, once they get permission to use the course. Meetings with the school and Bob Hansen at WildSafe BC are also on the agenda.
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