A sport called Disc Golf could be coming to Danbury. A group of enthusiasts has approached the City about putting a course in at the Farrington Woods open space property on Danbury's westside. Danbury Disc Golf, along with non-profit WEDGE, proposed to build an 18 hole course at no charge to the city. They will raise all the necessary money. The course would be maintained by volunteers.
The game is played like ball golf but instead of a club, a frisbee is thrown into a metal basket. Disc golf player Matt Serfass, a Danbury resident, says this is a sport that all economic backgrounds can get into. The basket is four feet tall, sunk into the ground, and the baskets can be removed. The group also compared the game to bowling when it comes to the skills needed and the accessibility. Petitioners said the game can be played by the young and old, there's little to no expense, and it can be played occassionally or on a league-type level.
He called Farrington Woods "underutilized" and said the 192 acre property would be perfect for a course.
There are no disc golf courses within 20 miles of Danbury. There are courses in Norwalk, Mt. Kisko and Hartford. He says this will bring other players to the area, who will patronize local businesses. They could talk with local businesses about sponsoring different holes on the course, which will give out-of-towners an idea of where to go after the game for food or drinks.
They've been talking with the Harambee Center about holding clinics there to teach kids about the sport. He says this could help foster social, physical and emotional growth in kids.
The petitioners say the fairways won't cross or use a hiking trail. They're not wide and are sculpted by nature. In order to lay out the course, volunteers would walk the property several times to determine the best location.
Some concerns were raised by City Council members including if the game is considered passive recreation, because there are grants and restrictions on the proposed property. Brush and tree removal is highly regulated and parking can be an issue. Members were also concerned about liability if someone were to hurt themselves while playing.
No immediate action was taken by the committee at their meeting held last week.