Steve D’Amico said it was Annette Wegmann’s idea. Wegmann quickly returned the blame at her follow Bullhead City Council member.
“It’s official now,” D’Amico said after beating Wegmann 3-0.
2017. Last October, the city council gave the go-ahead for Phase 2, at a cost of about $300,000.
“This was bought and paid for with your local (sales) tax dollars,” City Manager Toby Cotter said during Monday’s ceremony, suggesting that improvements to Rotary Park — and other city facilities — are possible “when you shop local.”
D’Amico said he had heard from a number of constituents about the need for courts in Bullhead City. He said the demand was significant.
“Some people like to play volleyball,” he said. “Some people like to play pickleball. And some people like to play tennis.”
“We have a terrific pickleball community here in Bullhead City,” added Heath. As evidence, three of the new courts — and three of the existing ones — were occupied by players within 15 minutes after conclusion of Monday’s ribbon cutting.
Heath said the addition of a tennis court was important. Previously, players seeking outdoor courts in Bullhead City were limited to Mohave High School’s facility.
“The high school has been great about making courts available,” Heath said. But, he added, those courts aren’t in great condition, aren’t always available and aren’t part of the city’s amenities. The new lighted court is.
Mayor Tom Brady said he recalled the “black forest” of overgrown trees and brush at what is now Rotary Park. He said the city and its citizens have created “one of the finest parks you can ever find.”
Rotary Park already has more than a dozen soccer fields, one football field, a baseball/softball complex, a skate park and a dog park. There also is a field set aside for radio-controlled aircraft, as well as launches for motorized and non-motorized watercraft on the Colorado River and ample room for swimming and fishing and ramadas for special events.