(KMTR) -- A preview of sorts on Saturday for changes coming to a Eugene
park to host one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
About 70 disc golfers took to Alton Baker Park on Saturday, March 10th, 2012, for the Willamette Valley Winter Series disc golf tournament.
The group set up 19-disc golf baskets (used to catch the discs) as a way of testing out a possible configuration for a future permanent disc golf course.
The city of Eugene Parks & Open Space has approved building a disc golf course of 15 acres of Alton Baker Park, south of the Pre’s Running Trial.
So far though, there has been no formal “request for proposals” put out to the public for the design of the disc golf course.
Disc golfers say the course could be a big economic boost.
“Disc Golfers will travel,” says Andrew Rich, the Tournament Director for the Willamette Valley Winter Series.
“People coming in town from Portland and up from Roseburg, and all over, coming in to town to play Alton baker and I think it would be a good thing for the community, not only for the golf community, but everybody running the Cooler, the bar right here, and the McMenamins, and all of the people that are right around here, right around the park are going to get all of those people coming in here, coming in for lunch and they're going to be spending their money in town,” says Rich.
Right now, there is no timeline on when the new disc golf course will be built at Alton Baker Park.
Currently, Eugene only has one 9 hole disc golf course in the Westmoreland area of town.