Volunteers to clean up Lincoln Park; disc golfers eye park for course
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Chris Nixon of Port Angeles concentrates as he tosses his putting disc toward a basket while playing a game of disc golf with two friends at Lincoln Park on Thursday. Discs use for putting are thick compared to driving discs, which are narrower and designed to fly fast across much longer distances.

By Tom Callis
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES -- The city parks division and a group of disc golfers are sponsoring a Lincoln Park volunteer cleanup day that will double as an informal forum on Saturday.

A loosely organized group of 10 disc golfers who now play in Lincoln Park hope to receive permission from the city of Port Angeles to create a permanent course with baskets on poles there, said Chris Nixon, 28, of Port Angeles, who plays the sport.

They will use the cleanup day to explain their sport and why they want to use the park to volunteers, he said.

The city Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission will discuss the placing of a permanent disc golf course at the park on Thursday.

Starts in morning

Beginning at 10 a.m., volunteers will pick up trash at the park, located on West Lauridsen Boulevard adjacent to the William R. Fairchild International Airport and the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

Between 25 and 30 people are expected to work "until we get the park cleaned," said Deputy Parks Director Richard Bonine.

"It will be all-day event," he added. "Everyone's welcome."

Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Division workers will haul the garbage away and will provide some garbage bags and other supplies, Bonine said.

Bonine said volunteers should bring trash bags and gloves for themselves.

Bonine said the cleanup day was organized primarily by the disc golfers who use the park for their sport.

"They are doing everything the right way," Bonine said of the disc golfers.

"They aren't just wanting. They are giving."

Nixon said the Port Angeles disc golfers who are proposing the course are not same group of players that were proposing placing a course at Robin Hill Tree Farm park, located between Port Angeles and Sequim off Dryke Road, last year. That proposal was put on hold by the Clallam County Commission in September.

Nixon said the group is not proposing to cut down trees at Lincoln Park.

"We are going to try to work around that," he said.

Disc golf rules

Disc golf, otherwise known as Frisbee golf, has basically the same rules as golf.

Players throw discs at "baskets" that are attached to a pole, Nixon said.

"Each hole has a par," he said. "It's generally three strokes for most courses."

The permanent course would consist of baskets attached to poles placed in concrete that is buried in the ground, Nixon said.

Without a permanent course, disc golfers use objects -- such as temporary baskets or trees -- as targets.

To raise money for the poles and baskets, local disc golfers will hold a tournament at Lincoln Park on April 25.

Entry will cost $10 per person.

Nixon expects about 40 people of all ages to attend, and the disc golfers expect to raise enough money to set up one basket, which will cost between $350 and $400.

"It's going to be a slow process," he said.

"We'd like to get 18 [baskets] total."

To register for the tournament, phone Nathan Bell at 360-809-0342.

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Reporter Tom Callis can be reached at 360-417-3532 or at tom.callis@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: April 09. 2009 11:42PM
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