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City council hears request for pickle ball

February 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At last week's Canfield City Council meeting, a group of pickle ball enthusiasts showed up to promote the sport. They want to see the Greasel Park tennis courts converted into pickle ball courts.

Addressing council was Rich Archer, a resident who is active in pickle ball.

"Last week we started a second group with all new people," he said. "We now have 35 members."

He told council the two pickle ball courts at Greasel could easily be converted into six pickle ball courts at a reasonable and minimal cost. He presented plans for the new courts and information on the sport.

"As for tennis players, we have regulation courts at the high school that are well maintained and available to residents when the high school team is not using it for practice and games," Archer said.

He added that the more activities there are in a park, the less illegal and unwanted activities would be taking place.

City Manager Wade Calhoun told Archer and those resent that the Parks and Recreation Board has already put pickle ball courts in the 2019 budget that will be coming to council next month for approval.

On a different matter, Calhoun spoke on a resolution to approve a planning grant to help study a possible bike trail through the city. He said the bike path would come off the Mill Creek MetroParks bikeway with a spur through Fair Park. It would continue through the city to the elementary schools using dedicated bike lanes. The grant would provide a study into the system to see how it would work out. The planing grant was through Eastgate Council of Governments.

In other business:

Council approved the replat of properties at 1364 Fairview and 1511 Hood Drive.

Approval was given to update the city's credit card policy to comply with Ohio House Bill 312.



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