Pickleball players in Goodyear can look forward to the addition of four courts at Goodyear Community Park this summer.
The current basketball court surface will be taken down and resurfaced to make room for new basketball courts, as well as the first public pickleball-specific facility in the city.
Though Goodyear re-striped multiple tennis courts around town to allow for pickleball play, the demand for adequate facilities has risen. While the current courts at Goodyear Community Park are still in good shape, the renovation sprung from multiple requests from the public and local pickleball-playing community to increase playing space in the area.
“(Pickleball’s) appeal has really grown in the last few years, and a lot of the players are really passionate about it,” Goodyear Parks and Recreation manager David Seid said. “It’s a really social game where people can play it and enjoy a healthy activity outdoors with their family and friends but that all abilities and ages can play.”
The project, according to the Parks and Recreation Department, is set to begin in April, with a completion date estimated around June 30.
Project Manager Walter Kinsler said the construction crews will demolish the surface, place light poles and hook them up to adequate electricity sources, resurface the courts, paint them one color and paint new lines for pickleball courts and two full-size high school basketball courts.
A potential hiccup in the process could be the rising cost of steel, which Kinsler said has the project’s contractors a bit concerned that the construction process might be delayed by a few weeks.
“We have some galvanized steel in our fence posts, in our light posts and in our basketball hoop standards, so that may have a little play on our price,” he said. “And we also don’t know if many manufacturers are going to have as much inventoried.”
If the process is delayed at all, he said there are temporary solutions, such as surfacing the courts and only allowing daytime play at first, while the lights are still being constructed for play in the dark.
However, such a solution should be seen only as a last resort, and Kinsler said that, at least for now, he and the city of Goodyear trust that the development and construction process will go smoothly.
“Our contractor has given us a 60-day schedule, so he’s committed to that 60 days, and we’re committing him to it,” he said.