Factoryville, Pennsylvania: Pickleball, Basketball, or Both?

Council plans to go after a DCNR grant of up to $60,000 to make improvements at Christy Mathewson Park.

Borough grant writer Sadie Rozenburg said the application is due April 10, and the borough hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunity in a couple of years.

“They do the small communities, which is a big deal for us, so we should take advantage of it as much as we can,” Rozenburg said.

Council members discussed pickleball as an option, which combines tennis, badminton and table tennis.

A pickleball court could be installed within the basketball court with a removable net, so the court could still be used for both activities, Rozenburg said.

Council member Bill Edwards suggested a new basketball court altogether in addition to the pickleball court, as a nicer court could attract more kids to the park.

Rozenburg plans to talk to local kids to see what they would look for in a new basketball court, and said another possibility for the grant money would be installing a climbing feature for older kids that resembles a spider web.

The pickleball court and spider web climbing feature would total $44,000, she said, but the grant allows for a maximum amount of $60,000.

“I don’t think we would hit the max with all of that,” she said.

The first $20,000 is free for the application, and then it’s a dollar-for-dollar match up to $60,000, she said. Council members approved applying for up to $60,000 with the grant.

Content retrieved from: https://www.wcexaminer.com/factoryville-adopts-parking-ordinance-1.2462256.

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