I'm sure everyone who has played Herman Hill and Oak Park recently have noticed the young trees recently planted. When the city told us for the 2nd or 3rd year in a row that there was no budget for ordering or planting trees this year and that next year wasn't looking any better... we, the board, put our heads together. We presented a couple of ideas to the city. 1) Digging up the volunteer cottonwood trees growing in the river bed before the river rises and drowns them. 2) Transplanting some wild cedar trees. The cottonwoods grow very fast and provide a nice canopy. The cedars are a good substitute for pine trees which have become subject to the nematode blight. Good trees for providing a hazard low to the ground, where most disc golf flights take place.
To our pleasant surprise, the city thought they were both good ideas and they have done all the work for us. The cottonwoods were taken from the river bed at Herman Hill Park and the Red Cedars were professionally transplanted from some property out by the airport. There are now over 80 new trees in the parks for us to enjoy for years to come.
As far as the locations: Many were planted in line with existing trees looking forward. When older trees die or are removed, the tree line or hole design won't be completely lost. Many of the trees are to replace removed trees and regain the challenge factor lost on some of the shorter holes. Some are to help with mando situations. Some are to better separate fairways. Some at Oak are even looking to the future when we can get new baskets and support alternate pins.
The first year will be the challenge for the new trees, especially the cottonwoods, which were bare rooted from the river bed. They will be on a watering schedule for 3 years. The other hazard are discs and golfers. A lot of work went into this project. It's hard to imagine anyone would intentionally damage trees because they lack the skills to negotiate them. But please don't hesitate to report asap any vandalism occurring in the parks. Thanks and hope the new trees work out to everyone's enjoyment!
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