New “pickleboard” courts are up and going at Eiffel Tower Park. The sport uses whiffle balls and oversized ping-pong paddles and is played on a smaller court than tennis. Both the paddles and balls are available at the Paris Civic Center.

Paris Parks Director Tony Lawrence told parks board members Monday the new courts replace two of the four tennis courts there which were in bad condition. The other two tennis courts are still in play.

Three grants were also discussed at the meeting.

The tourism enhancement grant of $43,000 awarded a couple of weeks ago will be used for ADA (American Disabilities Act) sidewalks, fencing and a 12-feet-by-20-feet stage at the Eiffel Tower.

A grant of $25,000 is being sought for improvements to the Atkins-Porter dog park with results hopefully learned by July 17.

The Friends of McNeill Park have applied for a $3,500 grant for use there.

“The Gerald Howard Pool at Eiffel Tower Park opened on May 25 and has had really good attendance so far,” Lawrence said.

“Spring sports are mostly complete and we’re looking at getting padded backstops for the new ones at McNeill,” he added.

Youth football signups will be from 9-11 a.m. both Saturday and July 27 at the civic center.

“The Paris Landing Sprint Tri is coming up this Saturday,” Lawrence said, “and we could use more volunteers to help with it.”

He mentioned three events that were quite successful recently: The Frog and Toad show at Krider Performing Arts Center, the Paris Kids Tri at Paris Landing and the Henry County Cemetery Committee event at the city cemetery.

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