Ridgeview Charter Middle School tennis court renovations
SANDY SPRINGS, GA – At its May 4 meeting, Sandy Springs City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Fulton County School Board to fund the rehabilitation of four tennis courts at Ridgeview Charter Middle School.
This intergovernmental agreement proposes a 50/50 cost sharing to renovate two tennis courts and convert two tennis courts into four dedicated pickleball courts. The agreement provides for the use of the property by the city for 10 years. The courts will be maintained by City Parks and Recreation staff and will be available to the public during non-school hours and throughout the year when school is not in session.
Pickleball started over 50 years ago in Seattle and is a combination of tennis, badminton, table tennis and racquetball. Players find it quick, easy to learn, and a great drill.
“Over the years, we have seen significant growth in the popularity of the sport and the demand for more pickleball courts in the city,” said Michael Perry, director of recreation and parks for Sandy Springs. , now is the perfect time to expand our pickleball offering. “
Pickleball enthusiasts cite the benefits of the game, including: a smaller court size – a pickleball court is one-third the size of a tennis court, the serve is a serve from below, and the ball is plastic similar to a whiffle ball and moves considerably slower. than a tennis ball. Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles and is very popular in retirement communities. The average age of a Pickleball player is 60 years old.
The intergovernmental agreement commits the city to a capital allocation of up to $ 75,000 for court renovations and conversion, and will receive matching funds from the county. The city will spend approximately $ 2,400 per year on garbage collection and weekly maintenance. Funding depends on the adoption of the 2022 budget.