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Last July, the Board received a request from the Pickleball Committee to approve the construction of multiple pickleball courts within Edith Green Park.

Charbonneau Country Club has retained a planning consultant to develop a master plan to study Edith Green Park as it believes the park is underutilized. The park is surrounded by homes, and, on the east side, a large field zoned for agriculture, and currently used by a local farmer to grow grass seed.  

This park, although rather small, has existing facilities for several recreational activities. It has a softball diamond and back-stop, a concrete pad with two basketball hoops and two fixed goals for soccer. None of these existing facilities are currently used for any organized sporting activities. However, all are used by residents and guests for their intended use. Three benches are scattered around the park for use.

In 2019, the Board approved a request to use Edith Green Park for off-leash dogs and their owners. Thus, the Park is actively used for this activity as well as the traditional uses. In addition, a good number of residents use the park for social interaction between dog owners and non-dog owners.

Last July, the Board received a request from the Pickleball Committee to approve the construction of multiple pickleball courts within Edith Green Park. Many residents objected to adding pickleball to the park as this activity is inherently noisy due to interaction of the ball and the paddle. The pickleball sport is seasonally popular and two courts are currently provided as part of the Charbonneau Tennis Club that exists at the Village Center, which helps support the local businesses. 

The goal of the Master Planning effort is to determine the best use of Edith Green Park.  Although pickleball courts will likely be one of several alternatives in the park, one option they may consider would be to expand the pickleball facilities at the Tennis Club and expand other non-pickleball activities at the park that may be more acceptable to nearby residents.

A consulting firm, BerryDunn, has been hired to work on a master plan for the park. The process started with some virtual (Zoom) "focus group" meetings in the week of February 14. Later, BerryDunn will also develop a survey for all residents with focus groups reviewing a draft. After that, concept plans will be developed. Finally, a final proposal will be developed with schedules for the project.

This article was written by the Friends of Edith Green Park.


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