David Flagel

Reduce Risk and Negative Effects of Walnut Ridge Recreation Area to Surrounding Communities

David Flagel
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Johnston’s Walnut Ridge Recreation Area closes its gate during the off-season but remains a popular disc golf destination. To access the park, golfers park on the normally quiet residential streets of Eagle Crest and Eagle Point and trespass through private yards. Eagle Crest alone has 26 children that play in the cul-de-sac who are at risk from this increased and erratic traffic. We endure:

• Clogged neighborhood streets with parked cars and limited sight lines.
• Dangerous speeding in the neighborhood.
• Drunken driving, behavior, and profanity from the trespassers.
• Disrespect for private property: littering, dog waste, trespassing.

To prevent a tragedy, action by the Army Corp of Engineers is required.

As a community, we feel there are two viable options to achieve this:

1) Open and staff the park with a ranger year round such that golfers can safely enjoy the park year-round. This could be accomplished by opening the gate and to allow monitored parking in the lots.
2) Remove the disc golf targets for each hole at the close of each season.

We feel that these changes would maintain or improve the level of service to the park patrons, while reducing the risk and negative effects currently being experienced by the surrounding residents.

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