The township has decided to remove the 18-hole course that was installed in 2005 because of ongoing vandalism, beer cans, profanity and people parking along Hemlock Drive. The disc golf equipment is expected to be removed within the next week.
“As far as I'm concerned, the Rycenga Park disc golf course has been a problem since it started,” Township Supervisor John Nash said. “There are beer cans, destruction, concerns by the neighbors.”
Disc golf is an activity in which players throw a Frisbee-like disc toward a wire basket several hundred feet away. Each throw counts as a stroke.
The township has posted signs warning players that if bad behavior continues, the course may be closed.
“We've tried a lot of different things — like putting up signs — but they either write on them or rip them off,” Nash said. “We tried to encourage the people who are positive disc golfers to monitor the ones who are acting inappropriately. Nothing has changed. I would like it to end.”
Nash said the last straw came when someone poured gasoline in the parking lot, spelling out profanity, then ignited it. According to Nash, the word was visible in the asphalt about 100 feet from a playground.
“They had so much fun doing that the first time that they did it a second time,” Nash said.
Nash said disc golfers have been cutting down and twisting saplings on the course and leaving beer cans and trash behind “almost continuously.”
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