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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Garfield’s Tennis Court Will Be Converted For Pickleball

City Council this week approved a deal with Blair County Pickleball Club that will allow the group to begin the transformation of two tennis courts at Garfield Park into six pickleball courts for $85,000.

Work on Baltimore contractor ACT Corp. will begin soon and will be finished in early June, according to club treasurer Bruce Leavens, who attended the council meeting.

The club has raised funds for the project from members and local businesses, after receiving permission for the project from the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission last May, as the commission posted the court to determine whether tennis players will object.

Nobody did.

After the job is done, Garfield will have more pickupball players than ever before, said Hope Sheehan, who was on the tennis court Tuesday evening, using the club’s makeshift nets to play pickball for friends. Was waiting to come. Players have been setting up and taking down over the years.

At capacity, the six permanent courts will accommodate 24 players at a time, compared to a maximum of eight for tennis.

There are 154 club members, and they will play at Garfield every day of the week after the project ends, Levens said.

The heaviest use will be during good weather from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from noon to dusk, Leavens said.

Sheehan said that pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America.

It’s a vehicle for healthy activity and easy socialization, and it’s suited to people of all skill levels, she said.

Several former tennis players have taken up the sport with age, including Dave Berry, who arrived on Tuesday after Sheehan played.

Now 74, he began playing tennis in high school with significant success.

“Pickle balls are the answer to my prayers” Berry said. this is easy “Transfer of Skills”.

According to Leavens, after the cement for the posts is installed, ACT workers will lay down several layers of a leveling sealer, then special paint.

He said the areas outside the courts would be red, the areas behind the courts would be dark blue and the areas closest to pure light blue.

Although the club is paying for the project, the courts will remain the property of the city as per the agreement.

anytime “The courts are not in use by the club,” They should be available to the public by agreement.

The club will be required to determine its reserve use of the courts with the REC Commission, in accordance with the agreement.

Leavens estimated that the club would occupy only 25 percent of all six courts when members were playing.

The agreement is for five years, with automatic renewal for one year thereafter, unless one of the parties decides to terminate – which may happen at any time in accordance with the agreement.

Termination requires 180 days’ notice.

This Agreement exempts the City from liability for anything that happens in connection with the use of the courts by the Club.

As per the agreement, the club will have to seek permission from the city for changes after the completion of the upcoming project.

In preparation for the project, trees around the court have been cut, including an evergreen at one end that provides shade.

Sheehan said that unfortunately this was necessary, as the shadows and drops from the trees have caused the fall and will lead to a fall.

She pointed to the marks of all the places where the divots have been patched due to the effect of moisture on the droplets from the trees.

Court “were on the verge of falling apart” Sheehan said.

“It had to be done if we’re honest about making things last,” he said.

She said eliminating drops and shade also eliminates the slippery spots that often form in areas near evergreens.

One advantage of Garfield courts is their distance from homes and businesses, such that residents and patrons will not be disturbed by the noise of the pedals on plastic balls and balls bouncing off the court, Sheehan said.

In addition to approving the settlement, the council approved a $2,300 grant from the city’s Goodman Trust Recreation Fund for landscaping around the courts, Leavens said.

Fundraising, fencing, lighting and a storage unit continue to receive funding, according to the club’s application for a Goodman Trust grant.

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