North Portland’s Pier Park Disc Golf Course was installed in 2003, and since then it has established itself as the most heavily played course in the Portland area. Its popularity is rooted in the beautifully grand arboreal character of the park, as well as its convenient proximity to the greater Portland metro area. More recently an effort to improve Pier’s well loved, and well worn, disc golf course began to emerge.
DGA Mach II Baskets were originally installed for Pier’s 2003 grand opening, and through the ensuing years additional chain strands were added to improve the baskets’ catching abilities. Early in 2013 Huk Lab founder and proprietor Jay Harbour, who’s Huk Lab Disc Golf Pro Shop recently opened in St. Johns, just down the street from Pier, saw an opportunity to upgrade the course, both for its world stage debut during the upcoming 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, and to benefit Portland’s disc golf community for years to come. In partnership with Ninkasi Brewing, Huk Lab began fundraising efforts and Jay approached DGA’s Scott Keasey with a proposal to make Pier a championship quality disc golf course by upgrading to DGA’s latest and greatest Mach X Baskets. Not only did he want to improve the targets catching ability, but also their visibility from the tee box; a bright neon yellow powder coating was applied to that end, and to blend well with the parks natural aesthetic.
DGA agreed to work with Huk Lab and other local Portland organizations to forge a plan of action in time for the 2014 Pro Worlds. DGA would cover half the cost of the new baskets and Huk Lab would work to cover the rest. Jay enlisted the help of Portland Parks & Recreation’s horticulturist Dave Blado, as well as Ryan Lynch, Chairman of the board of Friends of Pier Park, a non-profit aimed at supporting and protecting the 75-acre park. Through discussions and community meetings, Friends of Pier Park committed to funding a large portion of the remaining costs. These funds were collected through individual donations from hundreds of disc golfers at local events and at the Pier Park Disc Golf Course donation box. It has truly been an endeavor for the Portland Disc Golf Community, by the Portland Disc Golf Community. DGA delivered the custom Mach X baskets in late June, and they were installed through the shared efforts of the local Stumptown Disc Golf Club, Huk Lab, and Portland Parks & Recreation.
The newly upgraded Pier Park Disc Golf Course will be unveiled to the eyes of the world as the 2014 Professional Mixed Doubles World Championships venue on Saturday, August 9th, and will be featured for other Pro Worlds divisional rounds throughout the week-long event.
This project is an outstanding example of businesses, communities, and non-profits working together to support a mutually beneficial cause. The 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships was the catalyst for this renovation, but the indelible effects of these efforts will benefit the Portland area disc golf community for years to come.
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