Board of Aldermen agreed to pay for refurbishing an old tennis court into a pickeball court.
Frederick, Md. (KM) – Pickleball is a very popular sport across the country, and the City of Frederick obviously recognizes that. In a unanimous vote on Thursday night, the Board of Aldermen approved an agreement with ATC Corporation in the amount of $180,265.50 to refurbish a tennis court at Monocacy Village Park into a pickleball court. “This will become the first outdoor location in the city specifically dedicated for pickleball play, “says Scott Geasey, Frederick’s Parks Superintendent. “And will help meet the increasing demand and participation for this sport.”
He says the city has other tennis courts which are dual purpose, including pickleball. But this is the first one dedicated solely to pickleball.
Pickleball is played with a racket and/or paddle and has many of the elements of other sports played with a paddle or racket. Players use solid paddles to hit a perforated ball over a net.
Geasey also says the cost of refurbishing this tennis court for pickleball play will be covered by a state grant. “This is another project fully funded through grants. The Department of Natural Resources Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding,” he says.
“I hope the pickleball folks are watching,” Alderman Kelly Russell said before she and her colleagues took a vote on this proposal.
By Kevin McManus