Red Deer’s new outdoor pickleball facility will be built at Motorworks Fields at St. Joseph High School. The site was approved by Council at this evening’s regular meeting.
“A new pickleball facility is a win for Red Deer,” said Shelley Gagnon, Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager. “Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America, and this facility will ensure we can meet the increased demand for the sport in our community.”
At the 2018 Capital Budget debate last year, Council approved a new pickleball facility, including a preliminary budget of $1,015,000, subject to site selection. Now that a site has been selected, an additional $335,000 was approved to complete the project. The additional budget will cover the development costs for the 20 courts, a washroom facility and a parking lot.
Several locations were considered and evaluated for the facility, but when considering the benefits and challenges of each site, community feedback, financial considerations and stakeholder input, St. Joseph High School emerged as the preferred site.
“The sites we considered all had advantages and challenges,” said Gagnon. “While it wasn’t one of our original site locations, we began focusing on St. Joseph based in part on the feedback we heard from the community and stakeholders about the other locations. This site provides synergy with the existing and future schools and adjacent commercial areas, and also adds a community amenity to a growing area of the city.”
The facilility, which will include 20 courts, will be able to host tournaments, including the potential for a National Championship, and provides opportunities for use by the public and interested schools and community groups.
Construction is expected to start this summer, and will be completed in spring 2019. The Red Deer Pickleball Club will continue to be based at the Pines Activity Centre until the new courts are complete. Club activities will include programmed scheduling throughout the week and an annual tournament slated for August 10-12, 2018.
For more information, contact:
Recreation, Parks & Culture Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer