After months of work, pickleball finally has a home in Chewelah.
Volunteers and supporters gathered at what had been all tennis courts up at the Chewelah Golf Course. After months of work that began in 2014 by the Chewelah Pickleball Committee, funds were raised to construct four pickleball courts on one of the tennis courts. From here on out, the area by the golf course will be known as the Chewelah Court Center.
“The hard work is done and now we can come out and play,” said pickleball committee member Sue Schlatter.
The committee had to raise $15,000 dollars for the construction of the courts, which included resurfacing and the installation of poles into 36-inch deep holes for the nets.
“100 percent of our donors paid after pledging,” Schlatter said. “That’s just huge.”
The project was on-schedule and within budget. The committee also repainted the nearby maintenance shed green and redid the hitting wall on the tennis courts. Now that the courts are finished, many community members involved in the construction process are envisioning some changes to the tennis area to make it more park-like.
“And there’s still a lot of things that you can envision that could happen here,” Schlatter said. “People get engaged when they come together for community things and this can be the vehicle for that.”
Courts will now be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and those interested in buying pickleball gear can get a discount by going to PickleballCentral.com and using the discount code CRChewelah.
Community members are also planning to hold demonstrations and lessons in August.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff