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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Sport Court Renovation Project to Begin at Patriarche Park this August

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are advised that an exciting Sport Court Renovation Project is slated to begin at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park this August.

The project will include demolition and reconstruction of the tennis, basketball and pickleball courts at the park, which are currently in significant disrepair and beyond their useful life. At completion, the sport court area at the park will include 10 fenced pickleball courts, one tennis court, a basketball surface designed to accommodate one full-sized court or two half courts, a shade/picnic structure with tables and a grill, a detention basin rain garden and landscaping. Accessibility improvements will also be made, including construction of a new sidewalk from Alton Road to the courts and wider entry/exit gates into the tennis and pickleball courts.

The project is slated to begin at the end of August, with the existing courts scheduled to be closed to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 22 to prepare for demolition. Construction will continue through the end of November, with any remaining items to be completed next spring. The courts will remain closed to the public until the project is completed. Other areas of the park will not be impacted by the construction.

“For those in our community who enjoy participating in court sports, this will be a substantial, transformational improvement to that area of the park,” said East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts Assistant Director Wendy Wilmers Longpre. “We appreciate the community’s patience during this exciting project, which will ensure that these popular outdoor recreational amenities can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The Sport Court Renovation Project would not be possible without the support of the Patriarche Park Pickleball Association (PPPA), a 501(c)3 comprised of area pickleball players and advocates. The PPPA has been involved in the planning of the project and secured more than $160,000 in donations from more than 190 individuals, foundations and businesses for the project. The PPPA’s secured funds included a $50,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign that reached its fundraising goal in February 2022. 

The project is also being funded by a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and allocations from East Lansing’s Income Tax Fund. 

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