KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – In 2020, the Keystone Heights Pickleball Club asked County Commissioner Betsy Condon for pickleball courts at Twin Lakes Park. Three years later, their request became a …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – In 2020, the Keystone Heights Pickleball Club asked County Commissioner Betsy Condon for pickleball courts at Twin Lakes Park. Three years later, their request became a reality.
On Thursday, April 27, a ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the completion of six new pickleball courts. “Pickleball is the No. 1 sport in the area. It’s growing rapidly across the state,” said Justin Pierce, Director of Parks and Recreations. “Most of our tennis courts have pickleball lines, but the community spoke and wanted dedicated pickleball courts.”
The recently added courts were once tennis courts before the county had them repaved, restriped and added a net to fit the pickleball guidelines.
At the ceremony, county commissioner Betsy Condon and Jim Renninger and county manager Howard Wanamaker joined the Keystone Heights Pickleball Club to open the new courts. Condon thanked everyone for being patient with the development of the courts. She also told the audience she hoped they would enjoy the new courts.
The ribbon was cut by one of the pickleball players.
The event ended with everyone enjoying a game of pickleball. The event was a success, and the local pickleball club was ecstatic with the completion of the courts. “They’re lovely. They’re awesome,” player Kathi Ivey said. “So well needed in Keystone.”
Though construction of the pickleball courts at Twin Lakes Park is complete, the county plans to upgrade the park’s pickleball area based on suggestions from players.
“This was the initial phase of tearing down and rebuilding. Nothing is perfect when you roll out,” Pierce said.
At the moment, they are considering making the courts ADA accessible and adding pavement outside the courts. Also, they are considering placing windscreens and an inner fence between the courts to ensure the balls don’t stray into another court.
“We’ll listen to those concerns, and hopefully, we’ll be bringing those things soon,” Pierce said.
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