Irving Park has new playground, disc golfers say they won’t be consulted – Battle Creek Enquirer | NutSocia

Chad Curtis practices a drive on the disc golf course at Irving Park ahead of the league game on Sunday October 30, 2022.  Curtis helped design and design the course when it was installed in 2009 and said the disc golf community is excited that there are more groups invested in the park.

BATTLE CREEK – Irving Park has long served as an urban oasis in Battle Creek’s historic Northside neighborhood.

The park is near North Avenue and Emmett Street, across from the campus of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and Kellogg Community College. It is best known for the variety of waterfowl that dominate its ponds, hiking trails and an 18-hole disc golf course.

A new outdoor fitness playground upset the natural balance last week when it was installed thanks to a neighborhood improvement grant program given to the nonprofit Southwestern Michigan Urban League.

Some members of the disc golf community – the largest group using the park – made noise about not being consulted or invited to provide input on the placement of equipment near the tees for holes 8, 9, 10 and 17 give.

A basket on the disc golf course at Irving Park in Battle Creek is pictured on Sunday October 30, 2022.

“We were shocked that this would happen,” said Chad Curtis, who helped design and install the disc golf course more than a decade ago. “It’s not directly between the holes. If we went with our original information – people said it was four or five holes – it would be a huge production, but it has a much smaller footprint.”

City officials listened to what Curtis and other disc golfers had to say.

Installing the disc golf course was a grassroots effort that Curtis says cost approximately $50,000 and countless volunteer hours. The course is free to play and can be used 365 days a year, with a 10am Sunday league game played every week since it opened.

When the course opened in 2009, the Battle Creek Disc Golf Association drafted an agreement with the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department to help maintain and promote the park and give them permission to host special events such as fundraisers. However, the document was never signed by anyone from the city or club.

Irving Park has had a bird problem for a long time. This allows the park to return to its former glory

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