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Black Mouse Update 3-22-22

We should be closer to a reopening of Black Mouse than we were at the time of the last update, 1.5 months ago. However, nothing has changed in terms of the remaining hurdles to be cleared. Hurdle 1 (the main one that is out of our control) is the completion and state approval of a septic/leach field project that is in the same area as the course.

I checked in with the superintendent a couple days ago, and here is his reply:

Jack,

Thanks for reaching out and glad your clean-up day was a success.  We are still waiting for final approval from the state, should be soon.  When we get approval, we can work on the timeline and when you could access the area.

I replied asking if we could use this lag time to begin evaluating an additional site he mentioned as a possibility for a new course in Boulder Creek. I’ve been cautious about taking this approach as I don’t want them thinking we’ll settle for this course instead of restoring Black Mouse, but I don’t think this is an issue now. When I hear back, I’ll be sure to share.

In the meantime, hang in there, and please continue to respect the school rules. Thanks for your support!

Black Mouse Update 2-7-22

The wheels of progress grind on.

With tacit approvals in place, the main thing holding us back from a reopen date is the completion and approval of a leach field update project that is partially on/adjacent to the course. The district should have accepted a bid by now, and the work itself supposedly will not take long. Hopefully approval from the state will happen quickly as well.

As for the club, we’re doing our part by cleaning up all the debris that has accumulated from 1.5 years of disuse. Our first work day is Saturday Feb 12th at 10 AM. Show up by hole 1 with gloves and we’ll put you to work.

As soon as we have an idea of when the leach field project will wrap up, we’ll be ordered signage thanks to a very successful Go Fund Me campaign. Thanks to all who contributed.

If you do Facebook, join our group there to stay connected. We will try to keep the news up to date here as well. Thanks!

Black Mouse Update 12-21-21

Today’s big news is that I met a few days ago with the head of maintenance for SLVUSD, and we have received the OK to schedule work days to get our course in playable condition. We will nail down some days at the next SLVDGC club meeting, Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at Redwood Pizza @ 6 PM. Dress warm as we will meet outside if at all possible.

After walking the course during our meeting, I learned a few other interesting things, and walked away encouraged that we might even be able to expand the course. Come to the meeting for details. On the flip side, after more than a year and a half of closure there is much work to do.

The timetable for reopening is pretty much what we were told a few months ago; repair work needs to be done to the leach fields, and after a delay with a red tape backup at the state level, the district received approval for its plan and have put the plan out for bids. Once that happens, the actual work should not take too long.

New Facebook group

I’m not big on regular social media communication, but others have promised to pick up the slack in this regard. We’ve created a new FB group:

www.facebook.com/groups/slvdiscgolfclub/

Request to join the club page on Facebook, then come to a meeting and add your support to the actual club.

Black Mouse Update 11-27-21

We seem to be in a hurry-up-and-wait stage of Black Mouse’s triumphant comeback. The school board may not let us on the course to do cleanup work much less put the baskets back in until the new year (I’m working on it), but there is still some news and progress to report.

The GoFundMe campaign was a huge success! To those who contributed, thank you! We raised nearly double the requested $1,650, all of which will eventually go toward course signage, improvements, and then upkeep. If you didn’t get a chance to donate this time, there will be plenty of future opportunities.

It took some red tape-cutting, but at the request of the district I updated the Google listing of Black Mouse (ignore the permanently closed notation) so the address is the address of the high school and not the middle school. This will hopefully result in people who Google directions to the course parking at the high school rather than the middle school, which is one of our big issues. I’ve also added some details about school rules, and will fine-tune further when we’re ready to reopen.

We created a new Facebook group that will be the primary FB page for communicating about Black Mouse and other SLV disc golf matters once the time comes. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/slvdiscgolfclub to join the group.

I think that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news, and thanks for your support! —–JackT

Black Mouse Update 10-4-21

Close to 30 people showed up for the first meeting of the embryonic SLV Disc Golf Club, and numerous others indicated they had a conflict that evening but planned to be active members of the club. A great start!

The next meeting will Wednesday, October 13th at 6 pm, once again at Redwood Pizza in Felton.

At the first meeting I reported that all of the baskets have been confirmed to be in storage on the SLV campus (my inventory count was complicated by the haphazard way in which they were stored). That’s good news as the superintendent had told me he thought someone might have picked up some of them, claiming ownership.

By a simple show of hands we elected our initial club officers: Myself as president, Jeff Duvernois as VP, and Doug O’Dell as Treasurer. We have a good person lined up for secretary and will make it official at the next meeting.

We discussed all the things the SLVDGC might be, from a corporation with non-profit status to the host organization of sanctioned events and fundraiser for the schools and other local charities. The possibilities are exciting, for sure, but our first objective (our sole objective until it is achieved) is to see Black Mouse restored and open for play.

To that end, we’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money required to pay for the following:

  • Signage that clearly states school ground rules and the cost for violating those rules
  • Locks to secure the baskets to the basket sleeves, as the original locks were cut when the course was closed
  • Several sleeves that were damaged or torn out when the course was removed
  • One new basket

Once we’ve achieved our baseline goal of restoring and reopening the course, we’ll look at a club membership structure that makes the most sense, and explore additional goals. For now, though, we’ll keep our eyes on the prize and check the boxes that enable us to all enjoy Black Mouse once again. Stay tuned!