Locations to play pickleball are coming to Mt. Lebanon.
Plans are to color extra traces so the favored paddle recreation could be performed on tennis courts at Meadowcroft and Williamsburg parks.
The end result will likely be 5 courts to be used by pickleball lovers, at a price to the municipality of $1,500.
Mt. Lebanon commissioners selected a plan of action with a low monetary affect after contemplating numerous eventualities to handle the No. 1 merchandise on the municipal sports activities advisory board’s venture record.
Recreation director David Donnellan had despatched municipal supervisor Keith McGill a memo “with three pickleball choices for consideration, ranked so as of desire, a minimum of from my perspective,” Donnellan stated on the commissioners’ Nov. 24 dialogue session.
Topping his record was a $48,280 proposal to transform the tennis courts at Meadowcroft Park into six everlasting pickleball courts.
“I ranked this feature the best as a result of, from my perspective, it’s what residents have requested for,” Donnellan stated. “It’s what they want. It does get you essentially the most courts out of any of the choices.”
His second alternative was the one chosen by commissioners. The third, at a price of $8,760, would have concerned changing courts at Mt. Lebanon Tennis Middle for pickleball and charging a price to play.
Commissioners Mindy Ranney and Lee Ann Foster stated they weren’t in favor of utilizing the tennis middle.
“The residents in my ward have been very vocal about not wanting a pay possibility,” Foster stated. “It’s extra of a pickup exercise.”
Each stated they’ve acquired suggestions concerning the taking part in surfaces of the courts, with the asphalt on the municipal parks most well-liked over the tennis middle’s specialty composition.
Craig Grella, fee president, flatly rejected the costliest possibility whereas supporting the comparatively merely method of portray traces on the parks, particularly Williamsburg, which is positioned within the ward he represents.
“I’ve by no means, not as soon as, seen an organized tennis match at that tennis court docket. There are all the time youngsters taking part in basketball on the tennis court docket or throwing a tennis ball round, however by no means really taking part in tennis,” he stated. “So I, personally, don’t have a problem and not one of the residents I spoke with has a problem changing that to pickleball or striping that space as pickleball.”
Donnellan stated he steered Williamsburg and Meadowcroft parks for pickleball as a result of new surfaces had been put in on the tennis courts throughout the previous few years.
“The court docket could be oriented to make use of the prevailing tennis internet,” he stated, noting such nets, although, are positioned larger than the usual for pickleball. “For some leisure play and simply to have some choices obtainable on the town, it actually could be superb.”