Pickleball In UP To Move To Williams Park

Pickleball players in University Park rejoice. The University Park City Council Tuesday approved repurposing two tennis courts at Williams Park into six pickleball courts. 

The city council approved a contract for $29,970 to construct the new pickleball courts. 

“Those of you who aren’t familiar with pickleball, it’s exploding in popularity, it is a very popular variation of tennis,” University Park Parks and Recreation Director Johnson said. 

So popular, Johnson says, registration for a pickleball clinic at Williams Park in July ended in 20 minutes. 

Johnson said 60% of the 543 respondents to a survey of University Park tennis pass holders were in favor of repurposing the two tennis courts at Williams Park into pickleball courts. 

The remaining tennis courts at Burleson, Caruth, Curtis, Germany, and Smith parks will be repurposed for tennis only. 

“We will develop a five-year capital improvement project plan to where every year we resurface a different tennis court, we will remove the pickleball lines from those tennis courts,” Johnson said of the remaining tennis courts. “It’s really not taking away tennis courts or taking away pickleball courts, it’s centralizing all of our pickleball in one location, that being Williams, which is our lowest attended or lowest reserved tennis court.”

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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