CPRD replaces disc golf course at Hoover Park
Around 25 years ago, Rod Rider and a handful of other volunteers installed a disc golf course at Hoover Park in Newberg. With the help of some sponsors, they set up baskets, tee boxes and signage throughout what they viewed as a challenging course for enthusiasts of the outdoor sport, which involves tossing a small Frisbee-like plastic disc into a basket of chains from a distance in as few throws as possible.
Earlier this year, the Chehalem Park and Recreation District replaced the old disc golf course as part of a project led by local Eagle Scout Trevor Doman, addressing what CPRD officials said were a number of safety issues and rerouting the course while installing new baskets and signage.
The decision to revamp the course was made without telling Rider or the other volunteers who were involved, Rider claims, and is the cause of frustration for him and some in the community who worked on the project.
"Recently, the park and rec department decided to tear out the course and remove the signage with all our names on it," Rider said. "They got some California company to come install a new course in a different location, which shortened it and made it super easy to play. We just don't understand why they did it, especially without telling us first."
CPRD public information director Kat Ricker said the original Newberg Disc Golf sign with Rider and his cohorts' names emblazoned on it has been restored and is on prominent display in the park and rec district's office until they decide where to keep it permanently. The decision to remove and replace the old course was simply because it was "due for an update," she said, and Doman wanted to help out with this endeavor as part of his work with the Boy Scouts.
"We appreciate the efforts of all of the volunteers who have been involved over the years," Ricker said. "Our community would not have all of the rich recreational amenities that we do without them. CPRD does not guarantee perpetuity for such projects. We addressed safety issues, installed new baskets and new signage. We were fortunate to have (Doman) take on this project and we are grateful for the volunteers, donors and sponsors who cooperated to make this great recreational resource even better."
Rider met with CPRD officials on June 25 to voice his concerns about the changes. Prior to that meeting, he expressed his displeasure that he and other volunteers involved in building the original disc golf course were not consulted or notified of the changes to come.
"CPRD allowed a California company to come in and tear out all the work the community of Newberg did," Rider said. "They did it without even contacting us or considering how we might feel about it. Boy Scouts of America was apparently part of this and I don't think that organization would approve of one of its Eagle Scouts being part of the undoing of something the community did itself."
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