Public opinion sought for new pickleball courts in Wallaceburg, Dresden and Chatham

Chatham-Kent will be home to 10 new pickleball courts over the next year and the Municipality is seeking public input on the best locations for the facilities.

In January, the Municipality learned that its application for community development grants through the Ontario Trillium Foundation had been approved.

The $430,000 grant will cover 80% of project costs.

The grant requires the project to be on municipal land and the construction to be new construction.

Existing pickleball or tennis courts are not eligible projects.

Courts can be installed as early as Spring/Summer 2022 with a completion deadline of Spring/Summer 2023.

Officials have identified Ellis Park in Chatham as the site for six courts, Jaycee Park in Wallaceburg as the location for two courts, and Jackson Park in Dresden as the new home for two courts.

Locations were selected based on community needs, current recreational assets in the communities, existence of pickleball groups for organized play, and appropriate space, accessibility and parking.

People who wish to give their opinion can answer a short survey at

The survey is live now and will remain open until April 18.

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