Boise Parks and Recreation Seeks Federal Funding for Hobble Creek Pickleball Complex
In an effort to provide recreational opportunities for all ages and interests in the City of Boise, members of the Parks and Recreation Department team are working on securing funding to build a pickleball complex at Hobble Creek Park in west Boise.
To help fund this first of its kind complex in the Treasure Valley, Boise Parks and Recreation plans to seek grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to make the project a reality.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and it’s growing in popularity in Boise. The paddle sport was created with all ages and skill levels in mind. It’s a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis that is fast-paced and fun. To play pickleball, two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
Boise Parks and Recreation currently provides a number of park locations where dual use pickleball courts are available on already established tennis courts, but the complex at Hobble Creek would be the first of its kind in Boise. It will feature 12 dedicated pickleball courts and will be a place for athletes from across the Treasure Valley to hone their skills. Two tennis courts will also be constructed with pickleball lines and other improvements to the existing park.
The project has already been approved by the Boise Parks and Recreation Commission.
“Receiving a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund would be a huge step toward making the Hobble Creek Pickleball Complex a reality,” said Project Manager Kelly Burrows. “Our current dual use courts located in parks across Boise are heavily used. Building a dedicated space for pickleball will allow more people to learn the sport and improve their game.”
Boise Parks and Recreation plans to seek a $250,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which the department will then match. Part of the match will come from community donations for the complex, including a $50,000 donation which has already been secured from the Treasure Valley Pickleball Advocates.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1964 with the passage of the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. The congressional intent of the fund is to acquire, develop and maintain outstanding property into perpetuity for outdoor recreation purposes. In Idaho, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation oversees the project application and funding process. For more information, click here.
Meanwhile, members of the community can donate toward construction of the Hobble Creek Pickleball Complex. Every donation is a step closer to completion!