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City Seeking Feedback on Designated Pickleball Court at Lions Park

Post Date:07/16/2019 11:00 AM

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat has seen tremendous growth in the sport of pickleball. To better accommodate the growing demand, the Parks and Recreation Department is looking to develop a centralized location to play the sport.

“Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America,” said Jamie McLeod, Manager of Business & Asset Planning with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “It’s an emerging sport that is adaptive and inclusive for players of all ages and abilities.”

Currently the courts at Lions Park feature a multi-sport playing area, with both pickleball and tennis lines sharing the space. Portable pickleball nets are set up and taken down on a daily basis in order to accommodate play.

The Lions Park courts are in need of resurfacing. While upgrading the playing surface, the City is considering expanding and transitioning the courts into a designated pickleball facility. A court conversion could see eight dedicated pickleball courts at Lions Park.

A public engagement session is being held on Wednesday, July 17, at the Strathcona Centre Gymnasium and will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

City staff will be available to discuss the Lions Park outdoor court refurbishment initiative.

“We want to give everyone the chance to share their opinion on this potential change in court utilization,” McLeod said.

Residents are also encouraged to visit medicinehat.ca/ShapeYourCity for more information on the project and to take part in the online forum.

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For further information, please contact:

Jamie McLeod
Manager of Business & Asset Planning
City of Medicine Hat
403.529.8333

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