Re-model Graceada Park tennis courts...2 for tennis, 2 for pickle ball, & 2 multi-purpose
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The project will affect all of the six existing tennis courts. The courts are in need of repair – all six. They were built in 1907 and have been repaired many times due to years of water and weather damage. Repairs have been minimal and only efficient enough to correct issues on a temporary basis. The project is a re-model of all 6 courts.
One goal of the project is to create two multi-purpose courts to allow for various sports such as basketball, roller hockey, handball, volleyball, and futsal. A non-profit is already being created to host a Futsal League for the 5,000+ youth soccer players in the area.
Another goal is that two of the other four courts will be re-modeled as two pickle ball courts for everyone, but targeted for senior citizens. The last two re-modeled courts will be specific to the sport of tennis. In summary - two multi-purpose, two pickle ball, and two tennis courts. Another long term goal of the project is to also restore lighting for all six courts.
The concept allows for less money to be spent on developing new fields, allows for water conservation due to non-grass surface, reduces crime in the area by increasing park attendance, increases property value, allows for life skills such as teamwork, confidence, nutrition, leadership, responsibility, and more to be offered to local children.
A goal is also to provide lower cost youth sports leagues to allow a larger population of youth players, and youth players on a fixed income, to participate. The location is centrally located, the re-model makes the park relevant again, and increased park use will help improve the downtown economy due to proximity.
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