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June 7, 2012

Frisbee course may buoy flood-relief project

PEABODY — The city of Peabody proposes to make a virtue of necessity with a $1.8 million project to relieve flooding in the Raymond Circle that also includes a nine-hole Frisbee disc golf course.

Planner Brendan Callahan of the Community Development Department said the Frisbee course will fulfill a requirement that anything done with the 12-acre site include "a recreational component."

He describes Frisbee golf as resembling traditional golf, yet with the involvement of a flying disc.

All this will be discussed at a meeting of the Conservation Committee set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of City Hall.

The main aim is to build a stormwater management basin that would limit the area of land now draining into Raymond Circle and causing periodic flooding. Runoff would also be diverted. The work would be done by the Horsley Witten Group of Newburyport.

Yet it can't be as simple as that, because when the land, Scouting Way off Summit Street, was received from Eastman Gelatine, a deed restriction came with it requiring that once developed it would include recreation, Callahan said.

Thus Frisbee golf.

Baseball, soccer and other outdoor sports were considered, Callahan said, but a flying disc course provides more space for stormwater management and less maintenance at less cost. The Frisbee course is estimated to take about $20,000 from the overall $1.8 million.

"I actually play," Callahan said, adding that Frisbee courses already exist in Topsfield and Amesbury. Players throw their flying discs from a tee and, in lieu of actual holes in the ground, aim at metal baskets.

"There's no running," Callahan said, "but I have seen people move swiftly."

"I'll bring my Frisbee," Ward Councilor Bob Driscoll said, adding that he hasn't been officially informed of the plan. "But it doesn't sound like a bad idea."

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