PADUCAH, KY — The pickleball craze has officially hit Paducah with the grand opening of the brand new Noble Park pickleball courts earlier this month. However, the courts are temporarily shutting down for a few days to add some final touches.
Beginning Monday, September 11th through Wednesday, September 13th, the popular new pickleball courts will be closed to the public. The brief closure will allow construction crews to put on the finishing touches and make the courts truly tournament ready.
“We want to ensure we deliver the best pickleball experience for locals,” said John Smith, Paducah’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “This final construction will take the courts to the next level.”
During the 3-day shutdown, crews will be pouring concrete to fortify the footer of the shade canopies that will shield players from the sun’s powerful rays. The canopies are essential for summertime pickleball when temperatures soar over 100 degrees. Workers will also touch up the playing surfaces and paint crisp boundary lines and a regulation pickleball court layout.
The final addition is a crossing walk from the courts to the nearby restroom facility. On Tuesday, the park’s outer roadway will experience a temporary closure for a few hours as the bright crosswalk is painted.
Paducah pickleball enthusiasts will have to wait just a little longer before returning to the Noble Park courts. But once the quick facelift is complete, the courts will be tournament-ready and one of the premier pickleball facilities in the region.
The final construction is part of the city’s $1.2 million makeover of Noble Park. In addition to the courts, upgrades include new playground equipment, a splash pad, walking trail, lighting, fencing, benches, and sidewalks.
While waiting for the courts to reopen, local pickleball players can still get their fix at other Paducah parks like City Park and Willowbrook Park. One thing is for sure, Paducah has caught pickleball fever!