The goal for most pickleball groups is to have a home of their own. And who can blame you, if you’re in this situation? You will seldom be able to run the kind of programs we’ve been discussing on these pages unless you have some amount of control over the space you’re using. So moving to that home court scenario is always in your mind.
However, that isn’t the only game in town. Additionally, if you are living in an area where it would be advantageous (because of weather) to have indoor play some amount of the year, you may be looking for more than just an outdoor venue…you may literally be looking for a roof over your head. The cost of fund-raising to build INDOOR facilities is so prohibitive that most people would seek out some kind of partnership. Either way, utilizing the existing resources of either private or public entities is perhaps worth exploring.
Public Entities (e.g City or Parks and Recreation Districts)
Private Entities (e.g. HOA Proposals)
If you are working with an HOA, chances are you are part of the sub-committee reporting to its Board of Directors or yourself are on the Board and championing this particular project. Thus, once you have got all of your requirements together, you will need to communicate with your chosen contractors. Below are our examples of how we, in an HOA project, communicated our requirements.This particular project was the conversion of four old asphalt tennis courts to a multi-use sports complex which includes four pickleball courts, a multi-use court (volleyball, badminton and pickleball), a basketball half-court area, a “practice backboard” area and two new tennis courts. We asked for two bids from each contractor; one for post-tensioned concrete, the other for asphalt. We ultimately chose asphalt.
- Sports Complex Specifications
- Layout, first revision
- Layout, second revision
- Additional Notes on Layout, revised to conform to requested bid
Remember, irrespective of how you build, you will go out to bid or your general contractor will. And probably you’ll need to provide a Construction Estimate. Arrange it so that you can check it against bids when you receive them. Remember that competitive bids can vary dramatically and the devil is in the details. (This OpenOffice Calc document can open in Excel or any other spreadsheet program.)
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