Mill Creek MetroParks officials hope some improvements that are being made at Volney Rogers Field will attract new visitors to the area.
The park is wrapping up a project to resurface the tennis courts and basketball court at the field. While the courts have not yet reopened to the public, the park expects work to be complete soon.
The approximately $100,000 project, which began in June, included resurfacing the asphalt surfaces, as well as adding a new acrylic playing surface to the basketball court and all six tennis courts.
In addition to work on the courts, the park opted to make some improvements to the surrounding area.
“We’re taking the opportunity to make other improvements and rehab more of the facility,” said park planning Manager Justin Rogers.
Those improvements include the addition of two pickleball courts and a new asphalt trail that connects current trails to the basketball court.
Pickleball, a game that is growing in popularity, combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.
The project also includes replacement of basketball hoops and a tennis practice wall, plus maintenance to the walkways in the area and some forestry work.
“We’re taking the opportunity, while the courts are down, to really get the facility to a more improved level,” said Rogers. “Overall, it’s giving it a more modern look and appeal. Our hope is to bring in different user groups, with pickleball and the potential to hold tournaments on the tennis courts.”
The last significant improvements to the courts took place about 15 years ago, Rogers said.
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