Sustainable development shares land for only pro course between Astoria and Coos Bay
NEWPORT, OR, December 19, 2012 – Wilder Disc Golf Course opened recently in Newport, becoming the first professional course between Astoria and Coos Bay. The course is part of Wilder, a sustainable traditional neighborhood development located in the South Beach area of Newport.
“What better way to enjoy the beauty of Wilder’s natural surroundings than playing 18 holes of disc golf.” says Bonnie Serkin of Landwaves, Inc., the development company behind Wilder. “We’re dedicated to preserving the indigenous scenery, so the idea of a disc golf course that draws people into the woods seemed like a perfect fit.”
Developers of coastal community village hope benefits of sustainability will boost home sales
Daily Journal of Commerce – Focus on Sustainability + Energy – Monday, December 10, 2012
by Melody Finnemore – Special for the DJC
Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery have owned 1,800 acres of pristine forestland at Newport’s southern edge since the early 1990s. Over the last three decades, the married couple has been determined to ensure that the land is used to its fullest – and most sustainable – potential.
The acreage was already operating as timberland certified by the Forest Stewardship Council when Newport city official approached Serkin and Emery about developing the property. The city had conducted a survey of its commercially available land and determined that it needed to bring more into its urban growth boundary. In addition, Oregon Coast Community College was looking for land for a new campus and had its eye on the forestland.