NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – A fundraising campaign to build tennis and pickleball courts in Cody Park received support from North Platte City Council on Tuesday.
Although no action was taken, North Platte Pickleball President Barb Baldridge presented the design and layout of the project to council.
Baldridge said the local pickleball community has grown exponentially from 12 members to 120 active members.
The layout includes two tennis courts and nine pickleball courts. It comes after the city hosted two successful tournaments this year.
“The plan to develop the sport in our area when the recreation center comes to fruition and with the expansion of the D&N event center, they have assured me that pickleball is part of their plans,” said Baldridge. “I’m saying we’re not a North Platte pickleball club, we’re not an organization, we’re really a pickleball community.”
Mayor Brandon Kelliher said the idea for the presentation was to let council know about the project before fundraising efforts began.
The total cost of the project is $ 300,000. The funding will be shared between the City and private funds.
The Union Pacific Railroad and the Lincoln County Visitors Bureau have contributed $ 22,500 to the organization.
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