Service: Design and Site Planning
Location: City of Peabody
City: Peabody, MA
The Big Idea for the design of the City of Peabody’s 9-hole disc golf course is to connect users to the large rock outcroppings and specimen trees on site, while taking advantage of the significant topography without conflicting with existing uses. While disc golf is the only programmatic element on the site, the vast majority of the parcel will be a detention basin circulated by lighted pathways that connect to the surrounding residential housing units and downtown district.
Explore Disc Golf is responsible for the disc golf course design and installation, yet our firm is working with the City of Peabody’s engineers and outside contractors to compliment the detention basin that will take up more than half the site. While the 14 acre site has numerous rock outcroppings and a wide variety of beautiful vegetation — like serpentine locust trees, magnolias, flowering crabapples and redbuds — the parcel was chosen to be home to a detention basin that will help mitigate the city’s current flooding issues.
With the detention basin taking up the vast majority of the site, the parcel has been relegated to slivers of land that run along riparian corridors and steep slopes. One of the stipulations of the project was that a “recreational element” must be included in the installation, and while the site is unfit for basketball courts, soccer fields and many other traditional activities that would require severe site clearing, disc golf fit in perfectly!
As per the direction of the City of Peabody, the course will be a technical, beginner-friendly design that will cater to the largest demographic of users — newcomers to the sport and recreational level players — while still appealing to advanced players by providing a variety of required shots.
Both the course and detention basin were finished in December. The course will be officially open to the public this spring!