Disc golfer says proposed course in Juneau park could dissuade other trail users

6/6/2022 11:45:00 PM

The idea for the course, according to Shannon Crossley of the Juneau Disc Golf Club, is that it has shorter distances so it’s easier for younger and less experienced players.

Disc Golf, Jake Quarstad

Jake Quarstad , who is a disc golf er, started a petition against a proposed course around Treadwell Mine . He’s worried that weaving the course in and out of mixed use trails will cause problems.

The idea for the course, according to Shannon Crossley of the Juneau Disc Golf Club, is that it has shorter distances so it’s easier for younger and less experienced players.

The other courses in town get crowded with people who disc golf more regularly and with more skill.Treadwell is a desirable location for a disc golf course because of things like bathrooms and an existing trail network.Crossley and representatives from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department offered a walk through of the proposed course in late May. Jake Quarstad, who lives nearby and walks his dogs along the trails multiple times a day, was on that tour.

Quarstad is a disc golfer, but he said this course is a bad idea as it’s currently planned.Since that walk through, he’s been coming to the park with a clipboard, collecting signatures for a petition against the course. He’s worried that weaving the course in and out of mixed use trails will cause problems.

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“Beginners can go out and feel good about themselves and not feel a lot of pressure from the really good disc golfers,” Crossley said.June 6, 2022 Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share: The sales tax rate in Juneau is 5%.SPRINGDALE, Utah — In a tweet posted from the official Zion National Park account, officials announced that the five-mile trail would be closed until further notice while they work to repair the chain.Park staff is working to repair damage to the chain section of the popular trail.

The other courses in town get crowded with people who disc golf more regularly and with more skill. Treadwell is a desirable location for a disc golf course because of things like bathrooms and an existing trail network. (Photo illustration by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) Juneau voters may not get the final say this October on a plan to stop taxing sales of food. Crossley and representatives from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department offered a walk through of the proposed course in late May. — Zion National Park (@ZionNPS) June 5, 2022 As FOX 13 news previously reported, the park transitioned the trail to a reservation and lottery system back in January 2022. Jake Quarstad, who lives nearby and walks his dogs along the trails multiple times a day, was on that tour. If voters authorized it, basic groceries would become exempt from the city’s sales tax, and the city’s overall sales tax revenue would be mostly intact. Quarstad is a disc golfer, but he said this course is a bad idea as it’s currently planned. Park staff is working to repair the damage, which was not specified.

Since that walk through, he’s been coming to the park with a clipboard, collecting signatures for a petition against the course. It now wants to put one or more advisory questions on the ballot that pairs the tax break with different tax increases.. He’s worried that weaving the course in and out of mixed use trails will cause problems. Jake Quarstad questions the new proposed disc golf court at the Treadwell Mine trail system on June 2 2022 in Juneau. Voters would still have to be asked a regular ballot question to actually raise the sales tax rate.(Photo by Paige Sparks/KTOO) While the course is designed with kids in mind, with holes closer together than courses designed for adults or professionals, Quarstad said he’s worried many people will treat it like the bigger courses. “I can tell you as a teenage boy, that is what we did,” Quarstad said. The Assembly is considering three separate ideas to recoup revenue: Raising the year-round sales tax rate to 5. — Zion National Park (@ZionNPS) Zion did not indicate when it expects the trail to reopen.

“We made the short holes more fun, either by going for a hole-in-one and throwing it a little bit harder to do so, or by shooting from back further.” People will use the course how they want to, he said — either carefully or with gusto perhaps better suited for a larger course.5%. He said that users should have the freedom to do that without risk to other park users. “People are going to have fun the way they should have fun with the course,” Quarstad said. Under all three, lower income households are expected to save more than they would spend in new taxes. Another reason Quarstad is concerned: he worries the course will dissuade the area’s current users from going there.

“People are just going to avoid the area if they begin to see disc golfers here. With the property tax, only businesses and the community’s wealthiest property owners would pay more. So it may not always be that there is a conflict, as much as there is just people being diverted away from the area,” Quarstad said. “And this is one of the few really accessible trails for those pushing a stroller or if you have a physical impairment or something — it’s a very flat trail to walk. By his estimates, the food tax break and property tax increase would cancel each other out for high earning households with property worth around $500,000 to $600,000.” He also said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hit by a disc. Quarstad does like the idea of the course being in the Treadwell area, but he wants the course to be further off the trails. “So obviously, once you get above 7, 8, $900,000? The property value is probably not one’s principal residence.

But Crossley said the course’s integration with the trails is a part of what would make it accessible. “I’m designing the course for a demographic that doesn’t exist, and that’s the new people,” Crossley said. So only in those categories does the math indicate to me that somebody comes out worse with tax-free food and a 1 mill increase. On Monday, Quarstad had collected over 90 signatures for his petition. Crossley also has a petition — gathering support for the course. However, even some of the Assembly’s most pro-business members found some appeal in the property tax after reviewing Rogers’ models. She had 150 signatures online by Monday and more on paper.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will decide whether or not to recommend the final proposal for the course to the Parks and Recreation Department during . “So I would be in strong favor of the property tax on the advisory vote.