City to shut down disc golf at Pease Park



Posted on June 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 2 at 10:35 PM

The City of Austin is planning to shut down disc golf at Pease Park by the end of the year.

Local disc golf players are teed off that one of their favorite course will soon be closed.

“It’s a shame,” said John McCune.

John McCune says Pease Park has all the characteristics of a great disc course.

“Pease Park is a tough course,” he said. “There are a lot of trees, and the scenery is great. We’re in the central part of town.”

“This is the very first place I played disc golf when I moved to Austin 11 years ago,” said Jason Edens. “That  very day I met two of my best friends. It will be sad to see it gone.”

It’s the park’s central location that allows the guys to meet up at least once a week and play its 18 holes that have been there since the late 80s.

“There are a lot of disc golf courses in town, but none quite as localized as this one,” said McCune.

“With the view of downtown and the hike and bike trail, it is a great place,” said Edens.

Pease Park is undergoing a major revitalization at the end of the year.

“What we’re trying to do is restore Shoal Creek,” said Tony Arnold, Project Manager with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

The City says decades of use have led to erosion along the creek, and it’s time For Pease Park to get some peace and quiet.

“It’s the end of disc golf at Pease Park,” said Arnold. “We’re in the process of building and designing a new course which will be a much higher quality course in a section of Roy C. Guerro Colorado River Park in East Austin."

Meantime, these disc dudes say they will keep playing Pease until it closes in December.

“It’s sad this one is leaving, but always exciting to see more come,” said Edens

The City of Austin is hosting a meeting later this month to talk about a new disc golf course in East Austin at the Colorado River Park. It’s scheduled for 6:30 pm on June 17th at the Lamar Senior Activity Center.