... continues occasional series of lost but found controls,
We received an email from Kings Park (if you are not from Australia think Central Park, Hyde Park, Stanley Park) in Perth to say they had found an orienteering control in a garden bed.
The last time we held an event in Kings Park was at least 6 or 7 years ago and it has been hiding out ever since.
Did they charge us for its return?
Have we received more restrictions about holding events there?
Did they double our application fee?
Did the flowers lodge a complaint about unfair treatment?
No very friendly, but I did mention that we have not held an event for year because they charge too much.
The lady we spoke to was on reception so I guess not a decision maker!
I thought it was because they wouldn't let orienteers go off the sealed paths?
(I believe you may have bequeathed to me a copy of the map from that last event; is it a collector's item yet?)
They won't let us onto the sand tracks (ridiculous since anyone else can go on them unless you're on a bike) plus they charge $250 to use the park and they won't let us attach anything to anything.
A national monument near me also charges a large fee and won't let us put anything in the ground due to fossils. But, it's a national monument, and they need to protect it for all users. We're lucky here to have access to millions of acres of land for a bearable cost, far less than the cost of purchasing the land for our events, or renting it from dude ranches or such. Restrictions can be frustrating, but we reap the bounty of land owned by the entire population, and thus subject to its criteria. I accept that there are many public places that orienteering can't, or can't practically, use. A major city park? *shrug*. It must be hard to manage such, while responding to criticisms about other park users, budgets, and keeping the park from running down under the use. (Of course, I'm a bit surprised at the interval between checking the garden beds. Maybe they thought the control was a display? Nice that they were nice about it.)
'Garden bed' in Kings Park is a bit subjective. The majority of the park is natural bushland and typically the controls in the area go on tracks immediately adjacent to the bushland so that's probably where it was found. You could hide bodies in there and they wouldn't be found for days (I could link a couple of articles here but that's a bit morbid).
Well, bodies have been found by orienteering mappers.
...but there's no proof because they were less than 1m high.