Howdy all. On Saturday, March 26th 2016, there will be some work going on at Highland. The rough plan for the day is to REMOVE the basket for 12, then replace it with the basket from 15. A sleeve will then be installed for a NEW position and NEW basket on 15. This is a fairly labor intensive task and any help throughout the day would be greatly appreciated. We have some tools but bringing your own is suggested. We will mainly need shovels and rakes, maybe a wheelbarrow or 2. So far it is me, Jason Poole and Gary Lewis for the work crew. We will be out there early so if you have some free time pop on by =).
I'm extremely honored and humbled to receive the Gary Lewis Award. In the spirit of keeping things quick on Saturday, I would like to post my long winded speech here and on Facebook. I will of course have a shortened version for the event:
First off, congratulations to my fellow recipient Dave Kociuba! I feel it's a great thing that there was two of us receiving this award. It shows how much the local community is growing and giving back.
I would like to thank Gary Lewis for not only having this award but for everything he does and has done to promote this sport. There would not be a strong community of disc golfers in this area if not for him. His endless hours of dedication has provided us all courses that we will enjoy for years to come.
The previous winners of this award have continued to remain great ambassadors to the sport in their own ways. But more then that they have inspired those around them, myself being one such person.
Frank Grimes got me into doing course work. From the first time we worked together there was a synergy between us that made the hard work fun. Thanks for being a great role-model.
Jesse and Darrin ran some of the first events I attended. The fun laid back atmosphere of their tourneys kept me coming back. This year I was asked to help with ILL State and had a blast. Thanks for all you guys do, behind the scenes, week after week, year after year for us to have a great time.
Mr. Poole. Prob the most active behind the scenes guy in the Joliet area, maybe the State? He runs bag tags during the winter, handicap during the summer. Helps with course work, is a J-town board member, helps with tournaments and the list goes on and on. I'm very lucky to have him to learn from. Thank you for being awesome.
Sean Callahan, I appreciate you being the first to nominate me this year. Your work at Dellwood is very impressive and I look forward to what you have in-store for the future. Your a passionate person that pushes the sport and the players forward.
I would like to thank my wife Kristi and brother Brad. I love you and thanks for putting up with me.
I would also like to thank Mike Flynn, his help with the Highland wood chip project was crucial.
Finally I would like to thank all of you, the Disc Golfing community. From the Pro to the Am, I have meet all types of players the past couple of years. The thing that always impresses me across the board is the generosity. Donations of cash, time and plastic are given out with almost no thought when a cause comes up. I'm proud to call myself a disc golfer.
We will have the chipper out there this Friday 7/10, from 8am-4pm. If you can help please do. We will have some tools to use but more is always better. Tools needed for this phase: Shovels, saws, hand trimmers, buckets, rakes, wheelbarrows/carts.
The staging areas have been set. We feel these areas are localized enough to accommodate clean-up from any hole. They will also allow easy access for the trucks and chipper.
Area 1- Between the tee pad of 10 and 17. Area 2- Between the basket of 3 and the tee pad of 4. (top of snake road) Area 3- The bottom of snake road Area 4- The path between the basket for 18 and tee for 1.
We have also taken some time to clear snake road. This will allow us a easy path to move things through the park. We are still on target for having the course at least clear for First Flight.
Tomorrow, Thursday May 7th, there will be a small group of us meeting at 8 am. We are planning on working till roughly noon and then playing around after. If your available to help feel free to show up and hang out. We will have water and snacks for those helping out. Although we will have some extra supplies (Saws, carts, rope, clippers) extra never hurts. With First Flight come up quickly we are going to be out there more often, so there is plenty of opportunities left to help out. DISC GOLF!
This summer, there is a ground clearing project starting at Highland park. The main goal is to clear all the downed trees and limbs that can potentially be hazardous and damaging to the course. Mike Flynn has stepped up and laid out a plan. His plan will successfully clean up the course and recycle the cleared debris back into the course. This plan has 3 main phases:
1-Rounding up and piling up all the trees and limbs. This will be done over the next couple of months. You will see wood piles starting to form in some key locations. Feel free to add to them if you have some free time.
2-Renting a wood-chipper. The budget for renting a large chipper has already been approved. We will need at least 2 trucks and a bunch of strong backs. We will move the chipper to the staged piles and begin chipping them down and spreading them on the course.
3-Finishing touches Although the chipping will only be 1 or 2 days, the piles of wood-chips left may take longer to move around. Also the bigger logs will need to be moved to more useful places.
If you have any thoughts or ideas, or would like to volunteer to help with this project please let me know. With such a vast undertaking, any and all help is appreciated. DISC GOLF!
Howdy all. The start time has been moved up to 7 am. This should let those who want to, help and attend tags. With the current course conditions we will be focusing on course clearing. There are dozens of big branches all over the course, along with some downed trees. Hand saws, carts, sleds and ropes will still be needed.
There will be a group of us meeting up at Highland Park on Feb 21, from 7am-noon, to start the clean up efforts for First Flight. Sign in will be by hole one.
This is a weather permitting event. We will update with more info as needed.
Current to do list -Remove trash -Remove downed trees
Supplies needed -Trash bags (Jeff K, Shawn M) -Hand Saws (Jeff K.) -Power Saws (Kevin M) -gloves/goggles -ropes -carts/wheelbarrows
Incentives -Any volunteer that donates at least 2 hours of their time will be entered into a drawing for a free entry into the Prodigy Par 2 at Trinity event that day hosted by Dana Vicich. We will draw the name at 12. https://www.facebook.com/events/350819315101327/
Tomorrow morning (10/27), I'm meeting Frank out at Trinity around 9 am. We are going to finish up the project on basket 18. Then I would like to work on emptying the over flowing garbage cans. Any help would be greatly appreciated.