Dallas Center celebrates new pickleball courts, skating rink

Celebrating the ribbon cutting on the new Dallas Center pickleball courts Wednesday were, from left, Owen Meyers, Marilyn King, Brett Kaszinki, Bob King, Joel Hofland, Chuck Fagen, Nick Reggio, Mary Werch, Chris Watkins, Matt Ellerman, Ben Rouse, Carol Franke, Connor Hehli and Greg Cagle.

DALLAS CENTER, Iowa — About a dozen Dallas Center residents gathered in Mound Park Wednesday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completed construction of a new tennis-pickleball-dodge ball court.

Dallas Center Rotary Club President Bob King helped to coordinate the celebration of the new facility, with construction and equuipment financed by grant funding and donations from a 2018 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant, the Dallas Center City Council, the Burnett Charitable Trust, the Walmart Community Grants Team and Grimes Facility 5748 and the Dallas Center Rotary Club.

King gave special recognition to Dallas Center Public Works Department employees Joel Hofland and Brett Kaszinki at the ribbon cutting.

“They did much of the physical work in tearing out the old court and helping install the new one,” King said.

A demonstration of the paddle sport of pickleball gave attendees a vivid sense of the value brought to the city park by the new facility.

The official opening of the Mound Park courts was followed by an open house at park’s free skating rink, where area youth were invited to roller skate for an hour on the adjacent roller rink while their elders inspected the unique Dallas Center skate shed.

The Dallas Center Public Library is set to begin checking out tennis and pickleball equipment for public use.


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