Cold Lake council has voted to create several outdoor pickleball facilities.

Council agreed to add four pickleball courts to Hill Top Park and one pickleball court to Kinosoo Beach. Another eight will be added at Imperial Park.

“We’ve received a lot of requests for this facility and have moved money around in the budget to add this project to the 2017 list,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “There is a dedicated and growing group of pickleball players in the city and council identified the need to support this growing sport.”

Council reviewed and considered several funding options would have impacted various capital projects throughout the community. Council’s decision was to to move $200,000 from the Energy Centre Access Road Enhancements Project to create the eight dedicated, out-door pickleball facility at Imperial Park. While the majority of the access road project has been completed with the creation of the new gravel road connecting 16th Avenue to the Energy Centre, the remainder of the project was put on hold because of the ongoing work on the third expansion phase at the Energy Centre.

“The project was put on hold because that area can only support so much construction while remaining functional and accessible to the public,” Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “Council decided to use that money to create these new courts in the meantime and, while construction timelines are always subject to change, we will make every effort to complete this new project this year.”

The Cold Lake Energy Centre’s Reid Field House also currently accommodates an additional six indoor courts for drop-in pickleball year round. This will bring the total number of outdoor pickleball courts to 19 throughout the community.