The public wants the city to construct six to eight pickleball courts on a dirt lot across Old Mill Road from the Recreation Center or others in Hafen Park on Hafen Lane. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

During the public comment portion of the Mesquite City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23, several citizens pleaded with the council to build more pickle ball courts to accommodate the growing popularity of the sport.

The city receives tax money through the Community Block Grant Development (CBGD) program that helps cities like Mesquite build recreational facilities that serve the entire public. The monies can only be spent in certain areas of the city.

Commentors asked the city to consider using the CBGD monies to build six to eight courts across Old Mill Road from the Recreation Center in a now-empty lot. Others asked that the courts be built in Hafen Park on Hafen Lane near the current tennis courts.

One individual said that five years ago, the city had about 120 players with that number growing to a current 325 players. The Hafen Park tennis courts have been used in the past for the players but that impacts tennis players.

The price tag per court was pegged at $70,000 a court if they’re built across from the Recreation Center through CBGD but only $30,000 if built in Hafen Park by the city. Restrooms are already available in Hafen Park but not so in the other location.

Director of Athletics and Leisure Services Nick Montoya said the county is preparing their draft amendments right now for the district attorney for the proposed pickle ball court requests. He said Requests for Proposal will be going out this week for a potential construction project.