Submitted by: Scott Hougland 9:30am Jun 13 2012

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Olms Basin Park

My idea to improve this place

Add a disc golf course to unused parts of the park. This is a low cost option. Disc Golf is hugely popular and San Antonio lacks a championship caliber course

So that people could... 

Disc golf is great way to stay healthly, its cheap to install and cheap to maintain. I'd be willing to donate all captial costs to make this happen. I'll also donote design services.

Because I want San Antonio to be...

A healthier place to live. On a typical weekend day at San Antonio's other disc golf courses hundreds if not a thousand people come out to play regularly. Adding a course to Olmos Basin park won't increase maintance costs but will add value. Contact me at scotthougland@hotmail.com for details. PLEASE

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Scott Hougland (Jun 13 2012)
Let's make this happen. This park is begging for a championship caliber course. Disc golf in flood planes works well (I've seen this done well in multiple parks). Let's help make SA more healthy and active!
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Jerry Chesterson (Jun 13 2012)
Here's an example of how Kansas City has embraced Disc Golf http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/06/3643695/disc-golf-thrives-at-kansas-city.html
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Wallace Stanley (Jun 13 2012)
I think this is a great idea. Disc golf is the perfect solution for unused and "unusable" land. When people try this game, they will get hooked immediately. Since every round involves a few miles of walking, disc golf will offer the community a low-cost and super fun option for fitness.
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Lance Hankins (Jun 13 2012)
I know of a lot of people travel from the Coastal Bend area to play disc golf in the City of Live Oak and Universal City. A championship caliber course in San Antonio would attract these same people and their wallets.
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UpDoG (Jun 13 2012)
This is an awesome idea. Love to play the game of disc golf, its great for all ages and abilities. There are actually a couple of clubs in this area that run weekly tournaments. Oh and there's a world class course designer who lives in Austin or Wimberley, not sure which. His name is John Houck and he is in the disc golf hall of fame.
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Rix (Jun 13 2012)
Disc Golf is a little known but hugely popular outdoor activity. It is very inexpensive and easy to start playing so it is a perfect family pastime.
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Luke Brown (Jun 13 2012)
Great Idea!! should have been done a long time ago!! With UIW and Trinity nearby this would surely be a popular course. I personally would be willing to volunteer time and labor to help make this happen.
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Elise (Jun 13 2012)
I live in that area and I think that's a tremendous idea for that park. What a great sport to stay active and healthy, something San Antonio needs more of ;)
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MFC (Jun 13 2012)
Fantastic idea. Central SA is in need of a high caliber course. All the quality courses are on the NE side near or outside 1604. As someone who used to work with youth near that area, this is an idea that could help battle the HUGE (no pun intended) problem of childhood obesity that SA faces, especially in Central/West SA. The more cheap, healthy and fun activities that can be provided for this underrepresented population, the better!! DO IT!!
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Pete Mills (Jun 14 2012)
Disc golf is a fantastic use of public lands! Low-impact infrastructure, family-friendly exercise, low-cost maintenance. Hope this happens soon!
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Jerome (Jun 14 2012)
SA definately needs more disc golf courses in the inner loop area. Plus from what I can tell disc golf is definately a light, quick, & cheap way to improve the parks. Plus since this park is already maintained there's no long term maintenance add. Just keep doing what you are doing. Let's do it!
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Joe Soto (Jun 14 2012)
This is an excellent way to get kids and families back outdoors and out of their homes. Disc Golf is an economical way for anyone who wishes to get in some exercise and have fun while they are doing it. San Antonio definitely needs more Disc Golf parks.
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john kulick (Jun 14 2012)
Already lost 60 pounds disc golfing. Disc golf is a great sport that anybody can play. I think that getting a world championship course will bring in a significant amount of money to the great city of San Antonio.
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Edgar (Jun 15 2012)
If you are thinking about the same area I am, this is a good fit. There are always a bunch of wierd old men in that area of the park (I think doing things they're not supposed to). Disc golf is a great way to increase traffic in those areas of the park and drive out those characters. That's worked well in cities I've lived in recently.
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Disc Pirates (Jun 20 2012)
This is a great way to collect lost disc, what happens is when you lose a disc and it is found by a member of the Disc Pirates they will contact you withen 24hrs to challenge you to a game of Disc Golf at the course the disc was found, the winner keeps the disc so let it sail......
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Lissa Martinez (Jun 25 2012)
We have an Adopt a Park program in Olmos Basin park now, mostly we clean the creek, install recycling bins in the park and such. There are LOTS of leagues that use those fields that look underused, but there are still open area and even areas within the picnic area that might be available. We'd welcome a lighter quicker cheaper trial run of Disc Golf. How much space does a course need? Could you play it under a tree canopy that is trimmed to 16 feet, such as in the picnic area? thanks, Lissa
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Scott (Jun 26 2012)
Lisa I live in the neighborhood and want to get involved. I'm also avid in the disc golf community. Call me (210) 896-9498. To answer your question, disc golf could right into the park as is without any needed trimming or additional work.
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Lance Hankins (Jun 26 2012)
Good on ya' Scott. Community development is key.
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Matt Tenorio (Oct 13 2013)
I think this is a superb idea!! I live in and work in the neighborhood, and Olmos Basin Park is a regular stop on my lunchbreak and after work. I play 'safari disc golf' here at least twice a week and I think this would be an easy transition into a functioning course. The park layout is very conducive for a new course and I think it would help keep out some of the shady activities (See: 'Creepy Old Guys' above) I see going on there. I'd be down to help with any support I can give.
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