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Posted on: January 17, 2023

City Bids Two Parks and Rec Improvement Projects

MAP OF PICKLEBALL LOCATION IN GRIFFIN PARK

 

City Bids Two Parks and Rec Improvement Projects

 In two separate moves, the Pierre City Commission pushed forward plans to build pickleball courts in Griffin Park and to resurface the indoor pool at the aquatic center.

Pickleball Courts

The Pierre City Commission approved a request to bid the construction of four pickleball courts just north of the baseball field in Griffin Park. Proposals for the 8,800 square foot development are due back on Feb. 2; if awarded, the project is expected to be complete before the end of 2023.

The project was originally bid in July 2022; all bids were rejected for being well above the estimated cost.

The project is a public-private partnership. The Capital Area Pickleball Assoc. brought the project forward and is serving as its fundraising arm. The City supplied the land, agreed to put $50,000 toward the project, will oversee the development and retain ownership of the courts.

Aquatic Center

The Commission also approved a request to bid resurfacing of the City-owned indoor pool located in the Aquatic Center at the Oahe Family YMCA.

Old plaster from the pool basin will be removed and replaced with new plaster that is expected to last more than 20 years. Bryan Tipton, City Parks and Recreation Director is excited about this project.

“This process will remove any staining caused by the City’s old water source,” said Tipton. “Now that we’re using treated water the staining issue should go away for good making maintenance much easier.”

Bids are due back Feb. 2; work is expected to be complete by the end of this summer.

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