DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – The Jubilee City continues to move forward with new additions and improvements to city parks. Daphne will soon inaugurate several new pickleball courts. It will also install artificial turf on each ball diamond at the Daphne Sports Complex.
Daphne Mayor Robin LeJeune said spending time on one of the city’s six pickleball courts is getting harder and harder.
“If you go out in the morning…in the evening it’s crowded and really, we have a great Jubilee Pickleball Club that comes out and uses the courts, and then we have our families that want to go out,” LeJeune explained. “You know, we’ve had churches wanting to go out… wanting to rent the courts. We have received such a request for the courts.
That’s why the city is adding six more courts at a cost of more than $600,000 to the Lott Park tennis and pickleball complex. According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, with approximately five million participants across the country.
The city’s investment in parks and recreation goes beyond hard courts. Thanks to a $1.65 million grant, he is also laying synthetic turf at the Daphné Sports Complex. Five softball diamonds and five baseball diamonds will be upgraded over the next year.
“Really, it gives us more time to use the fields because the whole month of July we closed everything. In the summer, all of July to give the fields a chance to rest, come back,” LeJeune said.
Year-round use and much less maintenance has the beneficial side effect of freeing up labor to make improvements at other parks.
Daphne has committed tens of millions of dollars to parks and recreation over the past decade and has no plans to slow down. City leaders say these facilities provide opportunities that provide the quality of life its residents have come to expect.
“I drive all the time and these courts are always full so I think the more times they can build and the more courts they can build the more I think more people are going to come out here and I think that’s not is that a good thing overall. , for society to come out and move and just…it’s fun,” said Daphne resident Geena Pitts.
Construction of the pickleball courts will begin the day after the Jubilee Festival ends in October and should be open by the new year. Regarding the fields of the Sprots complex, work will not start until around May 2023 and the fields should be ready to start next September.
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