by Andy Rogers Oct 15, 2020
City planning to add pickleball courts in 2021
Eagan may be getting a few more pickleball courts.
Parks and Recreation Director Andrew Pimental shared on Tuesday the department’s preliminary plans for 2021 with the Eagan City Council and the Advisory Parks and Recreation Commission.
One of the Parks and Recreation Department’s plans is to update Rahn Park.
“It’s an area where we really need to invest,” Pimental said. “It’s an area that’s showing its age.”
The first phase would be a complete redo of the courts along with additional parking.
The new layout shows a basketball court, two tennis courts and six pickleball courts.
While interest in tennis is steady, Pimental said, the number of people playing pickleball is rapidly growing.
In 2022, the plan is to rebuild the park shelter.
Nothing was approved or voted upon during the meeting. Tuesday’s meeting was a chance for the Parks Commission and City Council to discuss capital improvement projects for the Parks and Recreation Department.
With the “pandemic and unknowns” Pimental said department will draw its CIP from $2.56 million in 2020 to less than $1 million in 2021.
The money for the CIP comes from the park dedication fund, which mainly comes from development fees.
Other 2021 efforts include a pocket park at one of the fire department buildings, public art, Festival Grounds improvements, Central Park signs and playground replacements at Cinnamon Ridge.