I would like to urge the city to support an additional 18 disc-golf holes at Richmond Hill Park. This would be an educational course as well. My understanding is that grant money and fundraising has been secured for this to happen, at no cost to the city.
A partnership of this sort is exactly what the city needs to improve tax revenues brought in by the Mountain Sports Festival and other tournaments. This is a unique location for the sport, and it has a wonderful reputation nationally. Bikers and hikers have many other places for recreation near Asheville. Disc golfers do not.
Some history: The city sold the land where the old course was for the National Armory. The swap was supposed to be revenue-neutral, but it wasn't, due to the city needing to step in and complete work the local National Guard didn't [finish], due to their Iraq deployment. I believe the cost to the city was $700,000.
At that time, there was to be a second disc-golf course built, with fields, restroom facilities, etc. This never happened. Volunteers stepped in and contributed about $600,000 worth of work time to finish this work.
I ask that the city please put this project on your agenda and approve it. The volunteers involved have shown they will follow through!
— Bob Turner