10 new pickleball courts on offer, including two in Wallaceburg and Dresden

City staff are recommending five locations for the construction of 10 new pickleball courts in Chatham-Kent.

Courts are proposed to be built at Blenheim, Chatham, Tilbury, Dresden and Wallaceburg.

Staff recommends building two courts in Steinhoff Park, behind the current tennis courts, located at 157 Park Street.

“This area has players who can play both pickleball and tennis,” a staff report said.

“It’s already an established area for the practice of these sports.”

The proposed location in Dresden is at Jackson Park, located at 319 Brown Street.

“Parking access and it is already a well-used park with available space which is centrally located in the community,” a staff report read.

The total construction cost of the project is set at $554,600, including $419,600 from the Provincial Community Development Grant, $10,000 from the Ontario Builds Sign program and $125,000 from the Municipality, or 20% of the cost of the project. project, which had previously been approved by the Council.

“Chatham-Kent’s one-time funding share of $125,000 for construction costs as well as annual maintenance and lifecycle costs for ten pickleball courts was approved during the 2022 budget process,” a statement read. staff report.

Rob Pollock, director of parks, recreation and cemeteries, said staff analyzed community engagement and determined there was strong demand for pickleball courts to be spread across Chatham-Kent, instead of have the majority of the land in Chatham.

“The preference for the Blenheim and Tilbury communities was prevalent in the general comments given in the survey,” Pollock said in a report.

“Using the survey results, staff determined that due to the demand for pickleball courts in these communities, they would be added to the grant funding and the number of courts to be installed in Chatham would be reduced to two with possible expansion to eight pitches in the future with additional funding or fundraising by a community group.

Read the full staff report, here.

The item is on the agenda for the virtual Council meeting on Monday, July 11, 2022.

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