(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)
After years of planning and months of work, the ability for Beaver County citizens to play outdoors is back.
Dozens of people gathered just off Route 51 in Fallston at the newly renovated tennis and basketball courts at Brady’s Run Park, with new pickleball courts added to the complex. The courts had been under construction since May, but planning – according to parks and recreation director Tony Caltury – has been underway for several years. The surfaces have been renovated and repainted, the play areas colored in shades of blue to differentiate themselves from the green “out of bounds” zone.
“This project has been a labor of love for many years,” Caltury reiterated to the crowd. “We’re excited to bring this park upgrade to Beaver County and our entire park system, but it couldn’t be done without the support and drive of some of you.” Two of those people – curators Tony Amadio and Jack Manning – also spoke at the grand (re)opening ceremony, expressing their gratitude for the project that finally came to fruition.
“Coming out of the pandemic,” Manning said, “it underscored how much recreation, outdoor and walking park, the asset value we have here in Beaver County with all of our parks…and I can tell you as a board of directors, we are committed to investing as much as possible.
The parks will be open from 8 a.m. until dusk, as declassified by Caltury when appearing on AM Beaver County earlier today (see above). Access to the lots is encouraged by using the rear of the ice arena parking lot and taking the creek bridge to the parks (as opposed to parking in the smaller lot next to Highway 51). Attendees came with their gear and started playing their sport of choice (with the exception of deck hockey, which will be renovated over the next few weeks) and enjoying the dry, overcast day in Beaver County.
To see photos from the grand reopening, check out the gallery: