No Disc Golf at Art Gibbons Park

    Nelson City Council is considering the approval of Disk Golf in the woodlands of Art Gibbons Park. Art Gibbons Park is the Only natural space in Rosemont. Other communities in town enjoy 2 or more spaces for walking, adventuring, running. Art Gibbons Woods is our only space. Children can be found exploring within the woods (off trail) all year round, especially in summer months. Rosemont School enjoys the trails with its kids. And dog walkers and pedestrians can be seen walking throughout the inner trails from morning until evening. We opposed the approval of Disc Golf at our park based on the following concerns:
    1) public safety - we do NOT wish to have to dodge frisbees as we enjoy our mindful and peaceful walk in the woods, nor should children have to be concerned that they are interfering with adult games while exploring the woods.
    2) the space at Art Gibbons Park, with the impending park, is already used to capacity. We are a high density area, with multiple condo buildings, apartment buildings, and low income dwellings. Adding more to the small area would have significant impact on the ecological well being of the forest.
    3) Parking at Art Gibbons is very limited and often full. The addition of 25-35 participants per day, as outlined in the proposal, would required significantly more parking than is currently available at at Gibbons. Parking on neighboring streets is NOT an option...most notably these streets are already littered with cars on any give day of the week. The proposal that Disc Golfers could park on Choquette St, in the 4 car parking area is not feasible, as those spaces are often utilized by neighboring vehicles and people who drive up to use the woods for dog walking.
    4) Traffic flow in our area is already a significant concern. West Richards already experiences significantly increased traffic flow in summer months with golfers. Choquette has seen 30 new families in the past 3 years on a road whose infrastructure has not been updated to accommodate this increase - crossing at the only place to cross (the bottom of the road where it intersects West Richards) is utterly hazardous, especially for children walking to school and our seniors who enjoy active walking on our road. What other street in Nelson has seen an increase of 30 families in such a short time frame. To invite 25-35 additional commuters on our road is nothing short of irresponsible.

    We urge Nelson City Council to consider one of the other city parks for this new adventure. Perhaps John's Landing? Davis Park? Lakeside? Lyons? Even if one of these parks were to be used for Disk Frisbee, residents in those neighborhoods would continue to enjoy alternate peaceful nature walks (along the lake, rails trails). We urge Nelson City Council to not compromise our only green space and to ensure that our neighborhood children, many of whom are from single parent families without cars, can continue to enjoy without increased risk, the vast benefits of being in nature.
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