Fort St. John Disc Sports Club left out of Kin Park redevelopment

The City of Fort St. John has unveiled new concepts for the redevelopment of Surerus Park and Kin Park.However, some user groups in the city were displeased to see their interests not included.

The Fort St. John Disc Sports Club members were holding out hope that a second disc golf course would be part of the Kin Park redevelopment plans, but the concept doesn’t include a disc golf course.

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“We don’t want to take over the park. We loved having it there because of the trees and the technical aspect it presents, but we want to work within the design and structure in the park after the new concept is implemented,” said Disc Sports Club President Josh Stokmans.

The club used temporary baskets at Kin Park this summer while work was being done at Toboggan Hill Park, but have since returned to using the permanent course at Toboggan Hill.

“We had the largest representatives of any group at the open house meetings, so it’s a bit disappointing to see we weren’t included. We’re not looking for cement tee pads or anything like that,” Stokmans said.

The City of Fort St. John is looking for feedback to the concept, and is asking the community to fill out the survey on the website. The Disc Sports Club have expressed their concerns this way.

“It’s important to remember there are always competing interests for what the park can contain, and we want to make sure the public can still access it. We know the Disc Sports Club enjoyed their stay there,” said Ryan Harvey, communications co-ordinator with the City of Fort St. John.

Some of the suggestions for the Surerus Park redevelopment include updated tennis courts, an off-leash dog park, a multi-sport court, and a beer garden space.

Features of the Kin Park concept include a batting cage, pickle ball courts, a cricket pitch, and an updated an extended BMX track.

Since the plans for the parks are just concepts for now, Harvey is unsure when the construction phase will begin, but is hoping to see construction of the parks included in the city’s 2020 budget.

Battle of the Peace

The Fort St. John Disc Sports Club has two exciting events taking place this weekend. The Battle of the Peace is back on September 22 for a fourth year. However, this year’s event will be held at Farmington Fairways, instead of Lone Wolf Golf Course.

Prior to that, the club will hose the Barsby Challenge at the Toboggan Hill course on September 20. The Barsby Challenge is a tournament put on by Professional Disc Golf Association world champion Gregg Barsby, who will be in Fort St. John for the weekend.

The event has a flex start from 4 to 6 p.m., which means players can start any time during that frame. Each person who plays will get two Barsby discs to use, and can bring one of their own. Some players will even get to play the round with Barsby himself.

“We’re really looking forward to both these events this weekend and are hoping for a large turnout,” said Stokmans. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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