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The Canby City Council notes a pair of donations to the pickleball project, which is currently under construction

While work on the pickleball courts at Maple Street Park progress nicely, there's some interesting work being done behind the scenes to ease costs and ensure amenities when it all opens in the spring.

To that end, the Canby City Council honored a pair of financial donations to the project during the Nov. 17 council meeting. Dr. Ashley McFerron and Mark and Laurie Shuholm have offered some financial assistance to the project. The Shuholms were on hand to pass along a $25,000 check and receive some thanks from the council.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF CANBY - Artist's rendering of what the new pickleball courts at Maple Street Park will look like when completed.

"We've had a couple of very generous donations to our new pickleball courts that are being built right now," City Administrator Scott Archer told the council. "I'm pleased to be able to honor those donors."

"My compliments to the City of Canby and the entire staff to take this project from an idea just a few months ago to actually building this out in such a short time," Mark Shuholm told the council. "I think that's a unique accomplishment that I'm not sure too many communities could have taken on. Laurie and I feel honored to be able to participate in this way. I look forward to seeing everyone on the pickleball courts sometime next spring."

And with that, the check was passed to Mayor Brian Hodson, who said "Thank you both very much for this donation. This is tremendous. It's going to be a great addition to Canby and Maple Street Park."

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF CANBY - Via video conference, Mark and Laurie Shuholm present their donation to Mayor Brian Hodson (right) during the Nov. 17 Canby City Council meeting.

The project broke ground on Sept. 7 and will see the development of four pickleball courts. Each of the courts will be individually fenced with four-foot tall fencing separating the courts. A black dyed concrete border will support the green and blue asphalt courts.

The courts will be lighted with motion-activated LED lights and a gazebo will be installed to complement the new gazebo at the Maple Street Park splash pad.

Concrete benches will separate the splash pad and pickle ball courts.

The $400,000 project will be completed in the spring. The courts need 50 degree weather or better in order to apply the coatings to the asphalt, lines, and colors for the court, which is problematic this time of year.

Jerry Nelzen, public works director, explained that "letting the rain and weather clean the asphalt before the coating is applied makes for a better product in the end."


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