The Alexandria Parks and Recreation Commission is deciding whether or not to add pickleball courts to other local tennis courts and wants public input on the decision.
At a virtual public hearing on Thursday, February 17, the Commission held a public hearing to seek public comment on the proposal. The Commission is considering where to locate the new courts, as funding has already been allocated for the necessary infrastructure and court markings.
“The Parks and Recreation Commission will provide a recommendation to staff regarding locations for expanding pickleball court facilities in the city,” the city said in a news release. “The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) has requested additional funding in fiscal year 2022 to provide infrastructure and court markings to provide more pickleball courts and facilities. improve the level of play of pickleball users. In response to the Department’s request, the RPCA received $20,000 to expand pickleball facilities in fiscal year 2022.”
The project is budgeted at $20,000, with each location costing $4,000 to renovate.
A city report says the city is already in the process of converting single-use ball diamonds to multi-use courts, with Lee Center Courts and Mount Vernon Court already having pickleball facilities added to existing tennis courts.
“Pickleball has grown in popularity over the past few years,” the report said. “The RPCA has requested additional funding in fiscal year 2022 to provide infrastructure and court markings to provide more pickleball courts and improve the level of play for pickleball users.
The conversion would involve the addition of movable nets with new lines marking out the pickleball courts on either side of the tennis court.
The report indicates that the following courts could be renovated for pickleball:
- Armistead L Boothe Park (four pickleball courts)
- Chambliss Park (four pickleball courts)
- Chinquapin Park (five pickleball courts)
- Eugene Simpson Stadium Park (four pickleball courts)
- Lee Center (four pickleball courts)
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be followed via a link on the city’s website.
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