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Old 01-26-2016, 02:31 AM
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Default Disc Golfer Appreciation Night

Milwaukee County Parks is holding a Disc Golfer Appreciation Night on Wednesday this week to thank the local disc golfers for their role in the transition to Pay to Play within Milwaukee County. (for quick reference we were club funded including maintenance from the beginning of disc golf until this past year where they charged $40 for an annual pass which included 5 - 18 hole courses or the daily pass was $5 to play all day on the 5 courses). The county invited the well over 1500 annual pass holders and they also opened up the invite to anyone who disc golfs or is involved with disc golf as long as they RSVP. Vendors were also invited to a 8' table to sell discs, supplies, or simply exhibit what they want for free at this event. I believe 12 Vendors took advantage of this opportunity). The food is free and there will be a program about the ways they intend to spend the money raised through disc golf passes which is currently written into law as 100% of the funds raised must go back to the disc golf courses. Most importantly they are trying to connect with the DG community. I know there are people out there who claim they will never pay to play for disc golf and I understand their sentiment based on the past . . . but this is the present and pay to play will be more of a force in the future. I will do my best to report on this event (as a vendor and local disc golfer) and what becomes of it. Comment with your thoughts about pay to play or anything else you choose.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:49 AM
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Awesome!
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:17 AM
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Take pictures and stuff. Sounds pretty neat!
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:06 AM
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I will be there and can share my take on it as well.
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:27 AM
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Wow. I'm a little jealous. I currently pay 90$ for 4 courses and I have no course in the winter.
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:33 AM
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Good on Milwaukee. We played Dretzka Winter and Estrabrook last weekend, and they were both in great shape.

Hopefully this lends itself to more courses in Milwaukee in the future. I have yet to hear any negative feedback on the P2P model there.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:21 PM
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Hudson Mills had a Disc Golf Appreciation Day about 3-4 years ago, with events and prizes just for DG'ers.
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:34 PM
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Wow. I'm a little jealous. I currently pay 90$ for 4 courses and I have no course in the winter.
^This.

Props to Milwaukee County.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:22 AM
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Very interesting night. Several local vendors were able to set up tables and sell discs. The food was great. I don't know how many were invited or how many actually showed up, I would guess 200-250 were in attendance.

The head of MKE County parks was there as well as a few others, Harr could probably tell you who they were better than I can.

They gave the numbers of how much money was raised through the newly implemented pay-to-play (over $102k and ALL of it goes back to the courses!). In their presentation they mentioned a few future improvements and they also had a suggestion box. There was no mention of new courses being installed though I have heard rumors of that being in the works, again, Harr could speak to that more than I can. They also recognized several volunteers in the area for their contributions to various local courses.

All in all it was a good event. I hope they do it annually though I heard that they rotate through various groups of park users each year.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:24 AM
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Thanks for sharing!
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