City to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Pickleball Courts

Published by The Bee News

June 17, 2023

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BULLHEAD CITY, AZ., June 16, 2023 – The City of Bullhead City is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase III of the Rotary Park Pickleball and Tennis Facility, Tuesday, June 20, at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and play on the new tennis and 4 new pickleball courts adjacent to the existing courts in the northeastern corner of the park located at 2315 Balboa Dr.

            The ceremony will include a few brief comments from staff and strategic partners before a ribbon is cut to officially open the new courts.  

             “These courts were built in response to popular demand,” said City Manager Toby Cotter. “The public has been asking for more of these courts and the council has been responsive.”

            The new park addition represents the latest phase of an ongoing project to build out pickleball and tennis amenities at Rotary Park. The first phase of the project completed the northernmost 8 pickleball courts at the park. Phase IIcompleted the 8 pickleball courts and one tennis court directly south of phase I. Phase III is directly west of phase II. The Rotary Park master plan depicts a total of 16 pickleball and 2 tennis courts in the park at full buildout.

            “We are so excited for this new addition to our beautiful parks,” said Bullhead City Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Heath. “We host pickleball tournaments on these courts every year that bring hundreds of great players to our community, and every weekend I see our locals staying active and healthy on these courts. Most of all, we’re very excited to now be able to host USA Pickleball sanctioned national tournaments in Rotary Park.”

             Many pickleball players choose the tournaments they participate in based on whether they are nationally sanctioned by USA Pickleball.

            “We’ve heard from players that they want our tournaments to be sanctioned,” Heath continued. “We believe we’ll be able grow our tournaments much more easily now which is better for the players and our community as a whole.”

            Council approved the contract with TR Orr Inc, of Kingman AZ in the amount of $739,705.30 to construct the new courts during the February 7, 2023, City Council Meeting. The BHHS Legacy Foundation contributed $113,000.00 in grant funding to the project, with the rest of the cost being paid for with ARPA funding.

            “We are so grateful to the BHHS Legacy Foundation for all of the support they have given us in building our parks,” said Heath. “Together, we are investing in the health and wellbeing of our community.”

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