New North Park Tennis and Pickleball Courts
There are six new tennis courts and eight new pickleball courts open at North Park. The demolition and reconstruction of the courts was done this past fall, and the courts officially opened to the public this spring.
“For years, we’ve heard from residents in this area about the desire to have pickleball courts and the need to improve our existing tennis courts,” said Fitzgerald. “I’m thrilled that this project has been completed and that residents and visitors alike can see that we continue to invest in our parks and park facilities. Having an active and engaging park is a quality of life issue in our region, and I’m proud of the fact that we have been able to do so much throughout the parks system.”
The tennis courts in North Park had been in disrepair for some time with large cracks. Those courts were demolished as part of this project, and the tennis complex along the lake now features six new tennis courts and eight new pickleball courts. Vigliotti Landscaping and Construction completed the work which included an asphalt base reconstruction, the installation of new fencing and LED court lighting.
“My grandfather and father used to bring me to North Park when I was young, and this continues to be one of the most loved parks in our region. I’m grateful for the vision that our leaders had 90 years ago when they created this park,” said Kress. “I thank the County Executive and my colleagues for their continued support of our parks, and am proud to join them in continuing to build on the foresight that our forefathers had when they envisioned a park for all.”
In addition to the new courts, the contractor also incorporated a new bioswale into the project to capture and infiltrate stormwater run-off from the majority of the court’s surface area. This feature will allow faster drying time and safe drainage for the courts and the surrounding environment.
“North Park is an active park. No matter the time of day, or year, there are hundreds of people using the park,” said Kirk. “I’m thrilled that the groups who play pickleball finally have their own courts, and that they’ve been done so well. I’m sure that these courts, no matter your level of play, will be used for years to come.”
Pickleball, a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels, has been growing in popularity in the community. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced competition for experienced players. Its popularity has also led to the conversion of courts at South Park.