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Club collects over $82,000 for resurfacing, while city councilors authorize additional $45,000 to replace fence

Gladstone Pickleball Club members and city officials recently partnered to complete the renovation of public courts at Max Patterson Park. COURTESY PHOTO: GLADSTONE PICKLEBALL CLUB - Gladstone has helped popularize pickleball, a game using a slightly lowered tennis net and combining game elements from badminton, pingpong and squash.

Gladstone Pickleball President Bill Preble said the club collected over $82,000 through donations and fundraisers to completely remove the court's surface, regrade and replace the entire court with asphalt, as well as have the new surface professionally painted. Gladstone city councilors, by a 5-2 vote in June, authorized an additional $45,000 to replace the fence surrounding the courts. Leveling the surface allowed the club to add two new pickleball courts, so there are now eight pickleball courts and one tennis court.

Preble thanked City Administrator Jacque Betz, Public Works Operations Manager Darren Caniparoli, the Gladstone Parks Board and the Gladstone City Council for their support of the project. The Gladstone Pickleball Club started in 2018 with just a couple of dozen players and grew to over 300 members last year. COURTESY PHOTO: GLADSTONE PICKLEBALL CLUB - Gladstone contributed $45,000 to replace the fence surrounding the courts, after club members raised over $75,000 to resurface them.

"On playable days we bring 30 to 60 players to Gladstone, many coming from outside of Gladstone to patronize and support local businesses as well as making the Max Patterson Park a vibrant and safe community centerpiece," Preble said.

During our three years of operation, the club has run a two-week kids' camp and an adult tournament to bring in players from the surrounding area to play and enjoy the city's community festival.

"Our members also organized a Park cleanup after our ice storm as well as a food drive for our Gladstone Food Pantry," Preble said.

For more information about the club, visit facebook.com/GladstonePickleball.


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