Potlatch Mayor David Brown said he expects Scenic 6 Park will get a second regulation-sized pickleball court and a splash pad this year, and in the coming years a dog park, an event center-type facility and more parking could be added.
The Potlatch City Council approved plans for the installation of the pickleball court on the east side of the existing court during a council meeting Monday night. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.
Potlatch Recreation District President Salie Anderson said the district will fund the project, which Brown said will cost $10,000 to $12,000. He said $8,500 of the total will go toward cement work.
Anderson said she hopes the court will be completed as early as this spring or, worst case, before Potlatch Days in July.
The PRD was the driver behind the first court, which was completed last year, and Anderson said it was the district again that requested the second court be installed at the city park.
“We could see that one wasn’t going to be enough,” said Anderson, who plays at the court. “We need one where people can practice and one where people can play. Otherwise, we were just sitting and watching instead of exercising.”
Anderson said pickleball is a popular sport in Potlatch because any age group can play.
As for the splash pad, Brown said he expected it to be installed last year on the back side of Scenic 6 Park near the newly constructed RC track, but the city ran into obstacles. The project, which is estimated to cost $110,000 to $120,000, is anticipated to be completed sometime this year.
An $80,000 Idaho Department of Commerce grant the city received last year will fund most of the project. The PRD will contribute $10,000, and the city will fund another $10,000 and handle installation.
The city purchased 10 acres of land on the southwest side of the park from Potlatch Corporation last year, allowing for expansion. The RC track takes up an acre of the parcel and more amenities are planned on the new property, Brown said.