Madison Township pickleball courts slated to be installed this spring

Feb. 10—A more specific time frame has been revealed for the installation of Madison Township's new pickleball courts.

Township Administrator Tim Brown recently provided an update on the project, which will create two pickleball courts at Veterans Park, located at 1747 Hubbard Road.

"Innovative Sport Surfacing of Mentor has assured me that they're going to be in late April or early May, dependent upon weather, because they need it be consistently above 50 degrees before they can make the pickleball courts," Brown said, during the Jan. 25 trustee board meeting.

Trustee Kenneth Gauntner Jr. predicted that the project will be done in May.

At an Oct. 24 meeting, Gauntner joined with fellow Trustees Max Anderson Jr. and Peter Wayman to unanimously approve a resolution for developing the pickleball courts.

Madison Township will pay Innovative Sport Surfacing $18,000 to resurface, construct and equip two pickleball courts at the park.

The courts will be developed in a section of Veterans Park that previously was used as a skate park.

At a March 14 meeting, trustees heard a request to construct pickleball courts.

Doug Ferguson, who then was Kiwanis Club of Madison president, addressed the trustees. He said Madison Kiwanis wanted to propose that the township install pickleball courts at one of its parks.

Ferguson said Madison Kiwanis wanted to provide the community with a place to play pickleball, which has been cited in many media reports as America's fastest growing sport.

After trustees entered into a contract with Innovative Sport Surfacing, Ferguson said Madison Kiwanis was "excited and pleased to see that the pickleball courts are coming to fruition."

"It was refreshing to see how quickly (trustees) responded to the proposal by allocating the funds to construct the courts in 2024," he said.

Madison Kiwanis has budgeted $2,500 toward construction of the township pickleball courts, Ferguson said. The club will make that donation when township leaders indicate that they are prepared to accept the funding.