Grand Junction council OKs Lincoln Park improvements

Updates are in store for sports amenities at Lincoln Park.

The city of Grand Junction will resurface the track at Stocker Stadium and create tennis courts that meet competition standards. Also on tap will be four new pickleball courts and a reconfiguration of the parking lot, which will create about 90 new spaces.

And, the horseshoe pits at Lincoln Park will be moved to Canyon View Park, it was announced Wednesday.

Rob Schoeber, Grand Junction’s director of parks and recreation, said a growing number of pickleball players has created more demand for the sport. Pickleball players use courts similar to tennis, but play with a paddle and what looks like a wiffle ball.

“We’re excited to be able to install actual permanent courts,” Schoeber said. “Those courts are one of the quickest to fill up.”

Grand Junction city councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved a construction contract to Mays Concrete for $614,508 for the project.

Funds for the bulk of the project, $397,597, will come from the 2013 Conservation Trust Fund, and $125,000 will come from 2013 sales tax capital improvement funds. Grand Junction’s Parks Improvement Advisory Board donated $50,000 to the project and pickleball enthusiasts donated $6,200.

Other grants may make up the cost difference.


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