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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!

Black Mouse Update 9-17-21

Hello, Black Mouse Faithful. Now that life on the SLVHS tri-campus has settled into a routine it’s time for us to put our plan to restore Black Mouse Disc Golf Course into motion.

As mentioned in my previous post, Step 1 is to form a club, with a board of directors and club officers. To that end, I’m scheduling a meeting where we can get that particular ball – or disc, if you like – rolling.

save black mouse

Our first gathering will be Wednesday, September 29th at 6 PM at Redwood Pizza in Felton. Weather permitting we will meet outside on the back patio.

The agenda will include the formation of the club, the steps we need to take to get Black Mouse reopened, and the things we will need to do (and not do) to keep the course open.

If you get a chance, let me know if you plan to make it, and if you can’t make it but definitely plan to be a part of the club. Thanks,

JackT

Black Mouse Update 7-29-21

We’re one big step closer as I now have a verbal agreement to reopen Black Mouse. I spoke to SLVUSD superintendent Chris Schiermeyer earlier this week, and these are the two main takeaways from our discussion:

  1. After sharing the steps and conditions he and I had agreed upon with the other members of the SLVUSD board of directors, they all felt comfortable reopening the course assuming the steps are taken and the conditions not violated. The details of our proposal, which were favorably commented on on the Black Mouse FB page) were detailed in my last update.
  2. The water treatment project, which is ongoing and involves the leach fields near the course, requires state approval. The process may not be completed for another six months, and the course can’t open until that happens.

The first condition, and the next step for those who want to help make this happen, is to form the San Lorenzo Valley Disc Golf Club. After that we can get to work on the other steps required to get the course back open. If you want to help launch the club (or just join the club), please complete this short form.

A couple other tidbits to share: Del P. suggested the possibility of relocating the holes closest to the aggrieved neighbors to the area where holes 5-9 were initially located- behind current hole 5, along the road that goes deeper into Fall Creek. We’ll be looking into this possibility as it could accomplish two things- moving play further from residential properties and getting people to park in the elementary and high school lots rather than along the road to the middle school lot.

Finally, I can’t share details yet, but we identified another possible location for another course down the line. Stay tuned!