A ribbon cutting will be held Monday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m. at York Park. Owensboro’s first permanent outdoor pickleball courts will be unveiled. York Park previously had one tennis court. That court has been renovated into four pickleball courts.
The desire to have an outdoor location for regular pickleball play was brought to the City by the River City Pickleball Club (RCPC) in spring of 2019. Since that time, the group has worked to raise funds to collaborate and split the cost with the City to accomplish this project. In fall of 2019, the City Commission blessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the City and RCPC that lined out the details of the creation of the outdoor amenity and the financial partnership to fund the renovation.
Parks & Recreation Director, Amanda Rogers states, “The City is very supportive of groups who have a desire to help support their passion; groups like RCPC who come to the table with a willingness to help work and fund the plan. Growing recreational amenities in our community through partnership, and not 100% tax monies is a true win for our citizens!” Mrs. Rogers also stated, “RCPC has been an amazing group to work with. They have big plans to help share the sport with our citizens and offer programming to help others grow a love for the game.”
Paula Hayden, RCPC President stated, “River City Pickleball Club is excited and proud, through its collaboration with the City of Owensboro, to bring the first outdoor pickleball courts to our community. This facility at York Park will allow our club to bring to all in our area four state-of-the-art courts dedicated to the fastest growing sport in the USA.” She continued stating, “Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis which can be played by two or four players with solid paddles using a perforated polymer ball. We would like to thank all of our members who contributed to this project, Facility Sponsors: Edward Jones, Tycen Brock, Financial Advisor; and Court Sponsors: Gordon, Goetz, Johnson, Caldwell, PSC; Independence Bank; Ray and Rese James and the Hayden Agency, Allstate Insurance.”
For information on play or membership to River City Pickleball Club, visit their Facebook page at River City Pickleball Inc. or their website at rivercitypcikleballclub.org. For additional information regarding Owensboro Parks & Recreation and the City of Owensboro, please visit owensboroparks.org or find us on Facebook at Owensboro Parks and Recreation or on Instagram at owensboroparks.