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The homeowners association is planning to add more space for pickleball at tennis center

PMG FILE PHOTO - Residents near Edith Green Park were unhappy with an initial proposal to add four pickleball courts to the park in Charbonneau.

After neighbors raised concerns about a proposal to add four pickleball courts to the lone park in Charbonneau — Edith Green Park — Charbonneau Country Club is scrapping that plan in favor of adding more pickleball access at Charbonneau Tennis Club.

Neighbors worried that the addition of pickleball, which has led to controversy in surrounding communities such as Lake Oswego and West Linn, would hinder their quality of life and property values due to the loud "smack" sound made when the paddle connects with the ball.

Charbonneau Country Club board member Steve Switzer said that feedback from the community, as well as the noise issue and the courts potentially taking up a large percentage of the park, were factors that led to the decision to scrap the idea. However, the new proposal at Edith Green has a multi-use court that could make room for pickleball to be played occasionally.

"There were definitely noise concerns and the neighbors had a legitimate concern about noise, no question," Switzer said.

Instead, the country club is planning to cover the outdoor tennis courts at the tennis club and make the courts multi-use for players of the two sports to share. Switzer said Charbonneau Tennis Club, a separate entity, approved the concept. It will allow for more year-round play, Switzer added.

"Compromises are always difficult and not everyone is always happy, but I think this is a good compromise for everyone. We're trying to make it so everyone gets something," Switzer said.

The proposed concept for Edith Green, which is not yet finalized, would also include picnic benches and other seating as well as a dog park. The board is planning to redo the park because of a purported lack of use.

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