NEWARK – Yesterday, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, along with dozens of eager pickleball players cut the ribbon on New Castle County’s first dedicated pickleball courts. The courts, eight in total, are arranged in two banks of 4 courts on an asphalt pad all surrounded by a 10’ fence. A 4’ fence was placed between the two banks of courts to help prevent interference between games.
“In local government, it’s imperative that we listen to our constituents, and the construction of these courts is in direct response to what we heard from the overwhelming number of players,” said County Executive Meyer. “We think numbering over 1,000, now they need somewhere to play. If today is any evidence, we built 8 courts and soon we got to start building a lot more."
The asphalt pad and surrounding earthwork was completed by Public Works - Construction Support. While Richards Paving and Iron Hill Fence provided the court surfacing and fencing services.
Other locations in New Castle County parks where folks can get their pickleball fix include Deacon’s Walk (dual use), Bechtel Park (dual use), Bonsall Park (dual use), Greenbank Park (dual use), with the expectation that the new Southern Park will have four exclusive pickleball courts.
County Executive Meyer was presented with a ceremonial first ball and first paddle by Harold Holman of the Diamond State Pickleball Club. Meyer was defeated 11-9 by WDEL’s Sean Green in the inaugural match.
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