As a town of Lewes taxpayer and anyone who very much appreciates our Canalfront Park tennis courts, I’m writing to induce the Lewes Parks and Game Fee to not completely take away one among handiest two public tennis courts to create everlasting pickleball courts.

Crucial reason why to step clear of this proposal is that this: At the moment, the Canalfront Park courts are similarly to be had to tennis avid gamers and pickleball avid gamers on a first-come foundation. The pickleball avid gamers are welcome to make use of the courts each time they display up and in finding them empty, simply because the tennis avid gamers are.

Town of Lewes is even permitting the pickleball avid gamers to retailer their moveable nets and different apparatus in a container situated at the courts (town assets). It takes not more than 10 mins to arrange a short lived web and mark the court docket off with tape if that must be achieved. 

This proposal would completely remove a tennis court docket, and completely erect a number of pickleball courts. Against this to the present setup – once more, which gives equivalent get entry to to each forms of avid gamers – this may unfairly penalize individuals who wish to play tennis.

Consider going to play tennis and discovering the only tennis court docket occupied and the pickleball courts unoccupied. For the reason that pickleball courts have everlasting nets, they might be completely rendered unusable for tennis avid gamers even supposing pickleball avid gamers weren’t there. 

Or call to mind it in a different way: you’ll be able to flip a tennis court docket into two pickleball courts by means of merely marking off house with tape and pulling out the moveable web from the container proper at the court docket. However when you erect everlasting pickleball nets, you’ll be able to now not play tennis on that court docket.

There aren’t “two facets” to this factor. At the moment we’ve got an excellent and equitable scenario on the taxpayer-funded park. The ones lobbying for an everlasting trade wish to remove a chance for individuals who don’t play their recreation to easily make it more straightforward for themselves to play their recreation. 

No longer by the way, I will’t even depend the choice of days I’ve long past to the Canalfront Park to play tennis and been not able to as a result of each courts were taken over by means of pickleball avid gamers. It’s now not a super scenario, however I settle for it in the event that they were given there first. It’s honest.

Completely seizing a tennis court docket to make their lives more straightforward at the days they make a selection to play pickleball isn’t honest.

Yet another level – one of the vital vocal advocates who spoke on the Jan. 14 Parks and Game Fee assembly in prefer of elimination of the tennis court docket stated “our pickleball avid gamers have to head all of the solution to Dover to play.” That isn’t true.

There’s an overly energetic pickleball program at The Plantations, simply four miles from downtown Lewes. The general public tennis courts at Deauville Seaside in Rehoboth also are marked for pickleball. Pickleball avid gamers too can pass to Sports activities on the Seaside in Georgetown, or The Manufacturing unit in Nassau, or to the YMCA in Rehoboth. 

Merely put, there are already many native amenities completely devoted to pickleball, which makes it much more unfair to remove one among handiest two tennis courts in downtown Lewes. 

Chris Beakey


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