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Save the Front 9

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Background: There is currently a proposal pending with South River Town Council and the Tom Thomson Park Planning Committee for the Front 9 Disc Golf holes at Tom Thomson park to be removed and placed away from the water front, in the less developed/uncleared area currently used for the 'Back 9'.

This has been proposed as a way of limiting conflicts for use of space between disc golfers and the growing number of other users of the park who walk or want to picnic / rest safely on the lawns or benches by the waterfront.

As users of and volunteers who have developed the Disc Golf Course at Tom Thomson Park, we ask to retain as many targets on the Front 9 / in the waterfront area as possible through upcoming changes to the course design, and specifically, the hanging basket which is a signature design and hallmark of the park throughout the Province of Ontario.

We know that this will be key to maintaining a high quality course used by a diversity of local and visiting players while maintaining a safe park for multiple users.

We believe in the evolution of the Disc Golf Course as a component in a shared community space and will always work with the Town of South River planning Committee and all volunteers in a proactive, respectful and cooperative manner.

We take very seriously the safety of all park visitors and will take increased measures in club and tournament communications and in park design and signage we are eager to install this year to ensure that Disc Golfers abide by the rights of way of other pedestrian or stationary park users.

We will draw from experience and course design standards which have been successfully implemented in mixed use parks across the Province of Ontario including places of significantly higher populations including Centennial Park in Etobicoke and Toronto Island.

We will do everything we can do to keep communications about this in the open, respectful, professional and about goals of a quality course within a beautiful, shared location which has developed over the years through the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

We encourage others to also provide feedback to town planners by writing / emailing the Village of South River about ways the park is currently and will be shared safely and enjoyably, about your opinion on on the conflicting proposals on park and course design it has been presented with.

Village of South River
attn: Deputy Mayor, Les Mahon, Clerk Susan Arnold & Tom Thomson Planning Committee
63 Marie Street . P.O. Box 310
South River, Ontario . P0A 1X0
info@southriverontario.com

(By mailing above you will automatically CC us at algonquindiscgolf@gmail.com)

We the undersigned ask you to sign our petition.

Sincerely,
Algonquin Disc Golf
Kara Mitchell
Ryan Briggs
Dan Nedelko

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9 Comments »

  • John Denniston said:

    This is heart breaking news.
    I have travelled a dozen times to play the course in South River.
    Often staying down the road at the Algonquin Motel or the Caswell Hotel.
    I really enjoy coming up to play the ice bowl in February , I know I alone have brought up over a hundred pounds of food to be donated to the Good Happening Food Bank in South River.
    Any time I came across other people in the park they were fascinated by our game and enjoyed watching a few discs fly.
    The Front Nine holes are the most visible for the public to see and get interested in playing.
    It would be a great loss.

  • kevin naysmith said:

    Twenty or more Discgolfers stay at the Algonquin Motel every year for the past five years. We shop and order food in Town, No Sundridge pizza for us. Please don`t make this our last visit. Thanks.

  • Vern.Lepine said:

    Please please keep the course people from far east as Quebec,and far as Edmonton come to beautifull south river to play.

  • Justin Pender said:

    The front holes are the most fun to play. They are also the better looking holes because of the water, and if you get rid of the water it will be just like any other course. The water is a O.O.B so it makes it harder and more fun. I think it would be better to keep the holes the same for everyone.

  • Mike Yuhasz said:

    PLEASE STOP THE IDEA OF CHANGING THE FRONT 9 at Tom Thompson park . I am an avid discgoler and a friend of Duasan Nedelko’s and have been amazingly impressed with his had work and efforts to improve your community with his dream to build a Championship Disc Golf Course and build the youth in a positive direction with his talented disc golf building skills set. South River has a great disc golf park and it allows many of us to come to your community a couple of times a year to participate at the tourney and I spent my lodging , food , alcohol , gas and convience store money in your town to promote the local community.
    Dusan Nedelko promoted your community and the amazing course at every opportunity , so , Please don’t let a legends lifetime of work go for not because of buracratic pressure. The work he has poured into the design of the Front 9 will always be regarded as brillaint for working withthe natural landscape and desin of the course to promote the reson we will always want to come back for more , no matter what season.

  • Bibi St John said:

    I look forward every year for my trip down to tom thompson parc to play disc golf… There are so many people around Ontario and even Quebec that plan a trip to Tom Thompson Park .. to take it alway would be destroying a gem that many people drive anywhere from 4 to 8 hours jsut to play .. The town cannot be serious … really … why destroy something so beautiful so special for a hand full of people… they cannot be serious …Bibi

  • Cosmosis said:

    I like beans.

    Oh yeah, and the front nine too.

  • Hanna Trafford said:

    For the past 7 years I listened my son Dusan telling me all about his dream of bringing a top quality championship disc golf course to South River.I have heard thousands of times the individual progress stories, challenges and accomplishments.I have made a huge dinner for 2 young man – residents of South River – Dusan brought to my home in Waterloo as a reward for hours they had spent working on the course.Now I am dealing with Dusan death – and nobody can imagine what that is like. Because of a totally beyond understanding move, spearheaded by one person, I am now also dealing with the fact that my son’s dream and hard work is being in process of destruction. Yes – I call it destruction, because as soon as the baskets on the front 9 are moved, that is what will happen. I watched a very large group of people salute to Dusan’s legacy week after his passing, all standing on the signature #3 hole and I was so proud of what he created. Please South River council – step in and stop this nonsense – because you can! You can make that park a multi-user park very easily – do it because Dusan loved South River and i will personally be grateful to you for making my pain hurting just a little less. Thank you!
    Dusan’s mom Hanna

  • Carl Visser said:

    This course and the current layout is the only reason I come to visit your beautiful little town. The two parties can co-exists

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