Officials for the City of Hart were looking for ways to improve recreational opportunities at John Gurney Park. At the same time, a growing number of local pickleball enthusiasts were hoping to find an outdoor venue in Oceana County to finally put their game on display. Both the city officials and the county pickleballers got their wish at about a third of the cost of building new pickleball courts.
F&V was in the process of developing a five-year Parks and Recreation Plan for the City of Hart when it was asked what could be done with two little-used, dilapidated tennis courts. Instead of scrapping the courts and building two new ones, F&V advised the City to rehab the concrete surface and turn it into twice as many pickleball courts and prepared the cost estimates. The resurfacing and conversion project by Racquet Sports in Comstock cost the city about $30,000.
Now the 20-acre park on Hart Lake has a flurry of activity on the new pickleball courts – the first public courts in the county. City officials have hailed the new courts “as a great reuse project.”