Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. officials know pickleball is a growing sport in the Fishers community and planned to gradually double the amount of courts at Cyntheanne Park from four to eight.
But thanks to a the park’s outreach program and donations from the community, the park will add the new courts before the end of the year, parks director Sarah Sandquist said.
“The pickleball community responded and said, ‘What can we do to make this happen sooner because we need those four courts right away, so how can we help to fundraise additional funds to do the entire project all at once?’” Sandquist said.
Through the outreach of the park’s foundation and several donations from the community, the group raised $75,000 to immediately double the four courts that were built in 2015. Construction is almost complete.
By building all of the new courts at once, park officials said they saved money on the project.
“We plan to do a tournament in the spring. Now that we have eight courts, it’s one of the bigger pickleball complexes in the region,” Sandquist said. “So, we plan to do a tournament in the spring and then do a formal ribbon cutting of new courts once everything is done.”
With fall under way, pickleball season is almost over. Sandquist said the parks department plans to conduct an official celebration next spring.
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