Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilmember Brenda Monarrez, Lexington Parks & Recreation staff, and neighborhood families today cut a ribbon to officially open new pickleball and new basketball courts at Meadowbrook Park.
“We continue to roll out exciting court upgrades across the city,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “Between basketball, which we love here in Kentucky, and pickleball, which continues to grow in popularity, Meadowbrook Park now has great new courts for people of all ages to enjoy a game with their friends and families in a neighborhood park.”
Meadowbrook Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including a walking trail, playground, and adjacent Meadowbrook Golf Course.
“I am pleased to introduce the highly-anticipated revitalization of Meadowbrook Park,” said Brenda Monarrez, 4th District Councilmember, whose district includes the park. “I know the residents of the 4th District are very excited to use both the new and improved pickleball and basketball courts. Meadowbrook Park is one of the 4th District’s favorite outdoor spaces and I’m sure it will be used for years to come.”
The new basketball and pickleball courts at Meadowbrook are among many court upgrades under way across Lexington parks that have been funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Many are already complete. This includes repaved or renovated basketball courts in Douglass, Berry Hill, Marlboro, Lansdowne-Merrick, Dogwood Trace, Pine Meadows, and Mary Todd parks. Pickleball courts will be constructed at Constitution, Picadome, River Hill, Shillito, and the new Cardinal Run Park North. Tennis courts are being rebuilt and restored at Belleau Woods, Constitution, Mount Tabor, Shillito, and Woodland parks. Courts at Lansdowne-Merrick and Southland parks have been double-striped for use by both tennis and pickleball.
“American Rescue Plan Act funds continue to allow us to address much-needed court upgrades and additions across the city to match the community’s needs,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation. “Recreational amenities are a high priority as popularity in many sports and activities has grown tremendously over the last few years. These communities have been eager and excited about upgrades, and we’re just as excited to roll them out for all to enjoy!”
A total of $28.7 million of ARPA funds has been allocated to Parks & Recreation improvements, with $3.2 million going toward sports court improvements. Locations and priorities were determined by the Parks Master Plan, which highlights park and recreational needs.