May 2020 Update

Yesterday was supposed to be our quarterly club meeting… but with the Covid-19 messing up so many things, we decided to just give an update and ask for feedback.

Social Distancing

The Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha municipalities recently pulled the baskets to help enforce the governor’s orders to stay at home. It was an easy decision from their perspective as they have received many calls about groups of people playing on the courses and very rarely abiding by the 6-foot distancing rules set in place by the state.

We would like to encourage everyone to be aware of the social distancing rules and set good examples for other disc golfers to play only with a couple of friends or (even better) solo rounds for the next several weeks. Promoting mini events and bringing groups of players together in the same area is going to attract unwanted attention. The city is monitoring the traffic at the courses and we would appreciate everyone’s cooperation to prevent the baskets from getting pulled again in the future.

NEW BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE

We would like to welcome Richard Roberts as the first Board Member at Large (BML). As a BML, Richard will work closely the board, assisting whenever possible. By being a BML, he will have the ability to become a full board member at the end of the year if voted in by club members.

Shaver Park Improvements

We’ve been able to make a few upgrades to the course at Shaver park recently and we have several more projects that could use some attention. Matt Hale (Course Director) has a list full of needs for all of the parks that we would love to get completed. If you’re interested in helping on some solo/small projects that Matt has on his list, please let us know. There’s plenty of work that can be done that will improve everyone’s experience.

We’re also working on getting a few more basket positions put in place so we can get signs ordered and installed. We believe that nothing is ever “final”. Just because a pin position is set and a sign is in place doesn’t mean that things can’t be changed. We’ll continue to listen to feedback and suggestions and try to make the course better as time time passes. We’re looking at additional ideas and plans for what we can do with the course over the next several years. So if you see something you like or something you think could be better, please let us know… getting feedback (praises and criticisms) makes a big difference.

Shawnee Park

The club board is ramping up design ideas and preparing to get things ready to run some mini events at Shawnee Park once the Covid-19 restrictions are loosened. We’re excited about the chance to get another course in the area.

March 2020 Update

Well, the season hasn’t quite gone the way any of us would have liked. So many events are canceled and for most people, our way of life has (hopefully temporarily) changed beyond imagination.

We recently released a schedule of events; we have lots of work days planned, a couple of club-run tournaments, and a weekly league.

At this time, we’re suspending club activities until further notice. We hope that we’ll be able to resume by the end of April.

PARK UPDATES

SHAVER PARK

We’re still working on adding pin positions at Shaver Park. Thanks to Nate Andrews who has donated his time and materials that will help enhance the course to a measure it hasn’t seen in a long while.

HIAWATHA FAY CLARK PARK

We are working with the city of Hiawatha to get a use agreement similar to the one we have with the city of Cedar Rapids. The city has asked that we help install new tee signs at the park and, with it, we have the opportunity to add a few extra pin positions throughout the course. We’re hoping to get things figured out this spring so we can get signs ordered this summer. Once pins are placed, the city have also given us permission to add mulch rings around all of the pin positions.

JONES PARK

We are working with the Cedar Rapids Parks department to get the green light to make some adjustments to the course to use some of the land north of the pond. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand the course and make some improvements that will help add more variety to the course.

CLUB NUMBERS

As of 3/24, we have 23 members and $3920 in funds. You can become a member by registering online at http://www.crmdg.com/membership/


We look forward to continuing with our planned schedule. We’ll update everyone again in April once new information is available.