Hartwood Park Disc Golf Course
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September 2021: Complete design of 9-hole disc golf course October 2021: Begin environmental and permitting process December 2021/January 2022: Complete environmental and permitting process; based on environmental, move pad forms
View the Final Mitigation Plan (environmental report) here.
- Winter 2021: Install pads and disc golf baskets (weather dependent)
- Spring 2022: Completion of course
About the Project
The Hartwood park, Eldridge Park and Campen Creek Corridor create a space of 40 acres with trails along the Campen Creek Corridor. The City of Washougal is working on an 9 hole disc golf course along this scenic property to allow people to recreate while taking in the nature beauty of this park.
Disc golf is a growing sport an our area and based on customer requests, the City has been working diligently to build this course (opening by spring of 2022). Disc golf is a sport where players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee pad or area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target is tallied, and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws.
- Why is a disc golf course being built at Hartwood Park?
This concept was developed in 2011 and was unanimously approved by the Park Board. During the park master planning process, the park master plan identified that the community wanted a disc golf course. After reviewing all the park locations Hartwood became the best option.
- What are the City’s goals for the disc golf course project?
The City’s goals for the disc golf course project are:
- Design a course that will be an asset to the neighborhood and community and provide recreation opportunities for all ages.
- Develop an outreach program with the neighbors to share the design, next steps, and balance between community needs and neighborhood happiness.
- Work with an environmental firm to permit and do any necessary mitigation for this course. This effort requires removing some of the blackberry bushes, which has already been initiated.
- The disc golf course design will be 9 holes with clear directional signage and will be safe for the playground and walkers.
- How can the neighbors and the community provide comments?
The City will provide updates on this project via social media (Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor), Zoom meetings (Parks Board and City Council), mailers, and neighborhood meetings. Neighbors and community members can submit feedback on most these platforms in addition to the form on this website or by clicking XXX.
- Why wasn’t the community surveyed or asked if they wanted a disc golf course?
This concept was developed in 2011 and was unanimously approved by the Park Board. During the park master planning process, the community was involved in developing this plan and the recommendations were noted in the plan. Since that vote, the disc golf has been talked about in Park Board meetings and shared at a Council Workshop (CIP prioritization meeting in February 2021).
- What is the City going to do about discs that fly over the green belt into neighborhood driveways and yards?
The City has hired a professional disc golf course designer and safety of the course the number one priority.
- People have been seen going through the bushes and greenway with machetes to cut away to get to their lost discs. Neighbors are concerned over the safety. What is the City doing to mitigate this issue
The City has adjusted a larger disc buffer zone around the baskets, making it less likely the discs will go into these areas.
- This area used to be a nice walking path, is that still going to be the focus?
The course designer’s focus is to protect the walking paths. The paths will not change; the baskets will be moved to a location that makes walking safe.
- Neighbors have noticed rowdiness, people cussing and consuming alcohol while playing at the course. What is the City doing to get more control over the park?
All City parks in our area have seen an increase in cussing, drinking, and vandalism. The City realizes this is a problem for all parks and are working to manage this issue.
- There are not enough spaces for the large amount of people this would bring in and people have been parking in neighborhoods. Where will people park who are playing the disc golf course?
The focus for this course is to make it a family fun disc golf course. When the first design was created it was an 18-hole course, which brings in more of the disc golf community. Now that the course is 9 holes, it becomes a more family friendly recreation opportunity rather than a full course.
- When will I get to see the layout of the disc golf course?
The City will release the disc golf map once it becomes final. The process involves completing permitting requirements and an environmental review before the map becomes final.
- Why is the City cutting up the wetland areas?
The goal is to remove nonnative species, such as Himalayan blackberry because that will increase the potential for improved habitat and eliminate some of the native planting from dying because they were choked out by the blackberries. The City is working hard on the riparian buffer area and existing wetland area to enhance this with additional plantings, which will help to increase native plant diversity and richness.
- Why are correction crews working in Hartwood and is that safe?
All cities utilize correction crews to help with routine maintenance in parks. The corrections crews are made up of minor offense criminals and always have a sheriff on site.
- Why is Hartwood/Campen Creek Bridge closed?
The City has been keeping an eye on this bridge for a couple of years. City staff recently evaluated the bridge and found that failures have gotten worst. The City has requested dollars in the 2022 budget to replace the bridge, which have been approved.
- Why are people working in the wetland buffer zone?
Once some of the invasive blackberry bushes are removed, the City will start planting native plantings in these areas. Everything being done in this area is to improve the buffer zone.