Putting in the pickleball

Jake O’Brien (left) and Brandon Jones of All-Star Fence and Supplies drill into the concrete foundation of new pickleball courts Monday afternoon at Eiffel Tower Park. The drilling is the first step in installing posts and fencing around the courts, which is expected to near completion sometime today.

The Paris Parks and Recreation board heard an update on several projects, ones that have already been completed and ones currently in the works, during a Monday meeting at Paris city hall.

Pickleball players will be glad to hear that work is progressing on new pickleball courts that are being built adjacent to the back parking lot of Joe Houston Field at Eiffel Tower Park.

Concrete was recently laid for what will be four pickleball courts and All-Star Fence and Supply is in the midst of installing fencing around the courts.

City Parks Director Tony Lawrence said it will take four weeks for the concrete to dry before the top-level playing surface can be laid, which will essentially be the same surface as a tennis court.

“The courts will be tournament quality,” said Lawrence. “Pickleball has taken over, it’s built quite a following and we’re excited to get this done.”

City Manager Kim Foster said during the meeting that she’s seen numerous teenagers and college students play pickleball on the current tennis courts and that she’s excited for the courts to be completed.

In other meeting business:

• The annual Halloween event Spooktacular will be moved from downtown Paris to Eiffel Tower Park this year.

City of Paris staff members Rhonda Stanton and Jessica Crouch take over organizing the event which will be during the early afternoon of Oct. 30..

The trails of Eiffel Tower Park will be made into spooky trails that will lead to a Monster Bash that will have dancing, a costume contest and candy to be handed out.

• Adjustments are being made to the Paris-Henry County youth recreational basketball league.

Mark Tomlin, a city parks and recreation employee, proposed various changes to the yearly basketball league that is split apart by age groups.

Some of the changes that were approved by the board include shortening the games from 5-versus-5 to 3-versus-3 for teams in the 5-6-year-old league and 4-versus-4 for the 7-8-year-old teams. There will also be teams for children ages 9-10 and 9-17.

Tomlin’s new rules will make all players be required to play at least some minutes, to ensure that all the children who sign up for the league will get to play and have fun.

More information regarding the sign-up process and deadlines will be released as the beginning of the season gets closer.

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