Gananoque council has deferred the possible purchase of equipment for, and changes to, the town's multi-use sport courts to the 2023 budget deliberations.
Council received a letter dated April 11, from the Gananoque Pickleball Club outlining the club's overall appreciation for the new multi-use sport courts, and including requests for improvements.
Staff met with club representatives on April 7 to address their requests. Staff had additional follow-up calls with Mary Price, coordinator of the pickleball club.
Staff note that there was a previous change order made prior to construction in April, 2021. This change order called for the painting company to paint the sport court surface according to a revised layout.
That layout added a fifth court for pickleball use; the original design only included four courts. The change order called for adding a second pickleball court to Court No. 2 and changing the paint used to outline the court lines on Courts 1-3 from being predominantly for tennis to predominantly for pickleball.
The multi-use sport courts currently are designed as follows.
Court 4 has one dedicated tennis court surface/lines and a permanent net. Court 3 has one tennis court lined with permanent net and has one pickleball court lined on top of the tennis court; it requires the setup of a pop-up temporary net. It also has basketball courts with painted lines at each end
Court 2 has one tennis court lined with a permanent net and has two pickleball-lined courts which require setup of pop-up temporary nets. Court 1 has one tennis court lined with a permanent net and has two pickleball lined courts which require setup of pop-up temporary nets.
The club is presenting three options.
In the first, it asks the town to pay for the installation cost of two permanent pickleball nets on court No. 1, as well as repainting the court No. 1 surface, erasing the tennis lines to leave only pickleball court surface painted lines, and to purchase and install wind protection screens along south and west fences, for a total cost of $35,597.
In the second option, the club asks for in the installation of two permanent pickleball nets on court No. 1, and the purchase and installation of wind protection screens along south and west fences, for a total cost of $5,597.
In option three, the club is asking only for the purchase and installation of the wind protection screens, for a total cost of $4,397.
(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times