Pickleball coming to Canal Winchester soon

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
The wait is nearly over for pickleball players in Canal Winchester with an eagerly anticipated opening next month of new courts in McGill Park.

“The asphalt pavement is down, we’re in the midst of fencing being installed as well as the surface and cushioning system for the courts,” said Canal Winchester Contract Services Director Bill Sims.

In November, Canal Winchester City Council approved a contract with Strawser Paving Co. for the pickleball construction contract. The project was previously bid out and received only one bid, which was higher than anticipated. The city rebid the project and received three competitive bids.

Included in the project are five courts, fencing, sunshades, a parking lot, and lighting for the area constructed near the main entrance between the entry way and the playground.
Lighting is activated by the players and will not work after hours. Strawser began construction in late March. To fit within the construction award schedule, council waived the second and third reading, and adopted the ordinance under emergency language last year.

“The project is moving along,” said Sims. “Our hope is to have them (courts) available in late July and I think we’re well on track for that.”

Other CW news
•City Administrator and Public Service Director Matt Peoples commented on the upcoming retirement of Steve Smith, water reclamation supervisor.

“Steve has been with us since 2006 and has led the water reclamation department into a stellar compliance period with Ohio EPA,” said Peoples. “We’re sad to see him go, but it’s well deserved. “He’s been in the utility business since he was 18 years old as a laborer and meter reader and has worked his way up with his previous company and us. He leaves a legacy of obsessive proactive maintenance, equipment redundancies and housekeeping practices.”

James Boving was selected to serve as Canal Winchester’s next water reclamation supervisor.

•Peoples reported on a kick-off meeting for the $2.3 million Winchester Boulevard Improvement Project scheduled for 2025.

The project includes removal of the Prentiss School Drive traffic signal and installation of a roundabout at the second shopping center entrance. The Ohio Public Works Commission notified the city that their original $750,000 loan award was converted into grant funding for the project, bringing the grant total to $1 million.

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