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Pickleball news: Hackleman courts fixed up

Written April 10th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The gate was open Tuesday at the newly refurbished pickleball courts at Hackleman Park.

The bright blue color drew my attention as the bike and I passed Hackleman Park on Tuesday afternoon. The pickleball court had been repaired and — as I discovered when I stopped the bike — reopened for public use.

By last fall, big cracks had opened on the concrete courts. The Albany Parks and Recreation Department contracted with Pacific Ace LLC, of Vancouver, Wash., to install new posts and nets on the four pickleball courts and to repair and repaint the playing surface.

The contract price was $24,900, which Parks Director Kim Lyddane told me at the time was coming from the park maintenance and repair budget supported by a portion of the $9 city services fee on monthly water bills.

When the work started in March, the city posted signs that the Hackleman courts should reopen by May 1. Looks like the job was completed in much less time than they thought. (hh)

Blue sky and blue courts at Hackleman Park on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

3 responses to “Pickleball news: Hackleman courts fixed up”

  1. Don Strickland says:

    So, another decision made to use a fee from public paid for utility that should be used to support that utility. When can we expect those kind of$$ for what they were intended instead of what an unelected person decides. Why do we bother electing people to oversee our governing officials if they can do whatever they want with the funds they are trusted with.? I DON’T HAVE a problem with pickle ball players. Just with the people spending Our tax $$ at there whim!!

  2. lz says:

    The fields needed repair. Glad they are fixed. That’s what park maintenance budgets are for.


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