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PROPOSED DISC GOLF COURSE AT BITTNER PARK
07/16/2018
All GYLA Families: I would respectfully suggest that you review...
World Lacrosse Championship TV Schedule
07/12/2018
The U.S. men’s team will begin its quest for gold at the Federation...
GYLA Awards Four 2018 Players
07/09/2018
GYLA End of the Awards Given Out to Four Players! 

06/26/2018
Guilford Boys make Conny All-Star Teams!
05/30/2018
Please join Guilford Youth Lacrosse in congratulating the following...
 
PROPOSED DISC GOLF COURSE AT BITTNER PARK

All GYLA Families:

I would respectfully suggest that you review Rick Maynard’s notes below and consider attending tomorrow night’s meeting to learn more about the proposal for a disc golf course at Bittner Park.  My grandson Lachlan, age 7 and a Bantam this past season, had an opportunity to play disc golf several times in Denver during the school vacation in April and thoroughly enjoyed himself each time he went out on the course.  His mother (Coach Cassie), grandmother, and uncle generally completed the foursome and seemed to have just as much fun as Lachlan.  We think that this additional recreational activity would be very popular with Guilford residents of all ages.  If you agree, please come to the meeting to learn more about the Parks and Rec proposal.  Thank you.

 

                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Farren,

                                                                                                                                                                        GYLA President

 

PROPOSED DISC GOLF COURSE AT BITTNER PARK

In an effort to correct misconceptions an provide explanation regarding the proposed disc golf course at Bittner Park, the Parks and Recreation Department offers the following information:

Disc golf has been around since the 1970’s, but has grown in popularity in recent years. There are 27 disc golf courses in Connecticut, with 2 constructed in the past 2 years. To determine interest in Guilford, the Parks and Recreation Department held a disc golf tournament at the Guilford Lakes Golf Course in November 2016. Eighty people participated in the tournament. Since then, the Parks and Recreation Commission has endeavored to construct an 18 hole course in a Guilford park. The current proposal is for Bittner Park.

Some of the concerns raised are as follows:

• How much will the course cost to build and to maintain? The estimated cost to construct the course is $12,000. To date, $10,000 has been pledged by local businesses, the Rotary Club, and the Youth Advisory Council from the Guilford Foundation. Typically at disc golf courses, volunteers help construct and maintain the course. Ongoing maintenance is minimal, perhaps cutting back some branches.

• What is the impact on existing trails in Bittner Park? The course will be designed to not cross any trails. Some of the fairways may be adjacent to trails, but care will be taken to keep the course a safe distance from the trails. There may be 1 or 2 trails shifted a bit, and we may consider closing 1 or 2 spurs. We believe that people will be able to hike at the same time that people play disc golf. However, for those who would feel uncomfortable hiking when disc golfers are playing, hikers can use the trails that are on the Baldwin School area north of the Bittner trails. In addition, the popular Trout Trail, along the West River, is not near the proposed disc golf course and provides access to the Baldwin trails.

• Does the original deed to the property restrict activities such as disc golf? The deed allows a variety of recreational activities, and specifically states golf as an acceptable activity on the Bittner Park property.

• What is the environmental impact? The disc golf course will require the clearing of small trees and brush in the fairway area. All large trees will remain. The course is basically a wide trail. There will be no grass planted, no fertilizer, no mowing. A Master Plan for Bittner Park in 2001 included 8 more athletic fields, an indoor pool, and parking areas with road ways throughout the park. The environmental impact would have been substantial. A Natural Diversity Data Base (NBBD) study in 2002 showed no endangered or protected species in the park. The disc golf course would have minimal environmental impact. We have applied to DEEP for an updated NDDB study.

• Who will use the course? Based upon the tournament we conducted in 2016, we expect all ages to play. According to statistics from the Professional Disc Golf Association, the biggest demographic is 18 – 35 year olds. However, they also indicate a large number of players over age 50. We expect families to play together.

The online survey we initiated has received over 260 responses to date. Over 65% have indicated that they support a disc golf course at Bittner Park. Some responders have stated that the survey is biased toward the disc golf course. The Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with finding out if people in town want a disc golf course. That has been the intent of the survey. However, there is opportunity for responders to indicate they do not support the proposal.

The Parks and Recreation Commission understand that not all people will play disc golf. The course would be similar to providing tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, the skate park, bocce courts, etc. Not all people are interested in those recreational facilities, but the department provides them for people who have interested in using them. The disc golf course would be no different

 

 


by posted 07/16/2018
World Lacrosse Championship TV Schedule

The U.S. men’s team will begin its quest for gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship today against the Iroquois Nationals in Netanya, Israel.

 

The ESPN networks will broadcast selected non-U.S. games, and ESPN+, which is available on the ESPN App and at espn.com, will stream 160 games from the FIL World Championship. Click below for the broadcast schedule.

Be sure to follow the team on social media via the hashtag #USAMLAX.


by posted 07/12/2018
GYLA Awards Four 2018 Players

GYLA End of the Awards Given Out to Four Players! 


by posted 07/09/2018


by posted 06/26/2018
Guilford Boys make Conny All-Star Teams!

Please join Guilford Youth Lacrosse in congratulating the following boys for being selected to represent Guilford in the 25th Annual Connecticut New York Youth Lacrosse (CONNY) All-Star Game. 

 

SENIOR DIVISION:

8th Green Team = Braden Root #7

7/8th Black Team = Nick Gangemi #5

7th White Team = Luke Carignan #96

 

JUNIOR DIVISION:

6th Green Team = Braden DePetris #44

5/6th White Team = Jonah Labbadia-Colon #22

 

This 25-year tradition brings together passionate players from across the league to compete in a collegial environment that fosters friendships and a continued love of the sport.  The honor of being selected as a CONNY All-Star entitles play in the 25th Annual CONNY East-West All-Star Classic on Saturday, June 2nd (for Juniors) or on Saturday, June 9th (for Seniors) at Yale University’s Reese Stadium in New Haven.  This day will be a celebration of lacrosse for these extraordinary athletes, as well as the culmination of a fantastic season.

 

I also want to recognize all the players who worked hard practicing and developing their lacrosse skills this year.  We have seen a lot of growth and are excited for the future of Guilford Lacrosse. 

GO INDIANS! - Paul Farren, GYLA President 

 


by posted 05/30/2018
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