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Village OKs installing pickleball courts PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:49

Belgium Lions Club to pay for materials and offers to help staff with installation for popular game

Pickleball courts are coming to Belgium, courtesy of the Lions Club.
The Village Board on Feb. 12 approved installing the courts with the agreement the Lions Club would donate more than $10,000 for equipment.
The Park, Recreation and Forestry Committee recommended installing the courts at its December meeting.
In addition, the club is willing to help paint the lines for the courts.
“The Lions will also help with the labor if it’s on a weekend or Saturday,” Lions President Don Bystricky said.
The pickleball courts would be put on one of the village’s two tennis courts.
“I like that we’ll still have one tennis court for those who want it,” Village President Vickie Boehnlein said.
Bystricky said the Lions Club would like the village to promote use of the courts.
“We don’t want to see four pickleball courts never get used,” he said.
That may not be an issue, given the game’s growing popularity. Trustee Clem Gottsacker said he plays as often as three times per week — the village just has lines drawn on the tennis courts now — and he’s seen young and old people enjoying the game.
“It’s great because it’s really catching on,” he said.
Trustee Gail Kowalkowski asked about the courts’ impact on the ice rink.
Director of Public Works Dan Birenbaum said half of the rink would still be available, which “still would be plenty big.”
The village didn’t open its ice rink this year because it didn’t want to pay for a required $1,500 liner.
Trustees discussed the possibility of moving the ice rink to the pond near Village Hall. Birenbaum said safety would be an issue and lights would have to be installed.
“It’s open for discussion,” he said.
Kowalkowski questioned the maintenance costs and compared it to the ice rink.
“It’s not in the budget to replace that liner,” she said.
While Kowalkowski said adding pickleball would be great for the community, “At the same time, when we don’t look at the economic cost, we’re not being responsible. That’s just my philosophy.”
Trustee Pete Anzia said the most expensive items would be the nets for $639.
Boehnlein gave a different perspective.
“I look at these things from a service standpoint. The village spends a lot of money on baseball every year and not every resident takes advantage of baseball. This is a very minor cost compared to what we’ve invested in baseball in this community,” she said.
The vote was 5-0. Kowalkowski abstained and Dale Pfeifer was absent.
The courts are expected to be installed in spring.

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