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New pickleball court ready for play in Grand Island

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 8:09 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A new pickleball court just opened up at the Veterans Sports Complex in Grand Island, the second one ever built besides the one at Stolley Park.

“The problem with Stolley Park is it’s an older facility, so the surface isn’t perfect,” GI Parks and Recreation Director Todd McCoy said. “With this new pickleball court, they’ll have a great facility to play in for years to come.”

The new court has been in the works for over a year and was started by the Grand Island Pickleball Club.

They approached GI Parks and Recreation about building another one and raised more than a $100,000 out of the $500,000 needed to start the project before the city used leftover food and beverage funds to handle the rest.

“I think it will attract tournaments in the future, other events, clinics, that type of thing and I think it’s all around a great deal,” McCoy said.

The Grand Island Pickleball Club is hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate on Thursday. They had ice cream and a professional pickleball player stop by.

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