Additions to Austintown: A new playground and pickleball for the park


By Amanda Tonoli

atonoli@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

Similar to the roads, Austintown Township Park will be experiencing a season of construction.

Todd Shaffer, park supervisor, said during a trustees meeting this week that the playground is going to be redone in about two weeks in addition to the transformation of a tennis court into two pickle-ball courts.

Pickle ball is a sport that combines techniques from badminton, table tennis and tennis in one game.

The recently completed tennis courts opened in early April. The $160,000 project was done through a partnership with the school district and the parks department. Austintown Township Park provided the land, and Austintown schools paid for the construction of the courts.

Trustee Chairman Ken Carano said the tennis teams only need five courts, and noted that school officials agreed to the one court’s conversion.

Shaffer said he is excited to get new base down for the playground because the new material, rubberized mulch, is easier to maneuver in for those with special needs. The mulch also is compressed and sticks together, keeping people from picking it up and getting it caught in the splash-pad drains.

Trustee Jim Davis said the township park is gaining two great assets that don’t have to be funded through the park’s budget.

“These two projects actually are not going to cost the taxpayers any money because of the generosity of Walt and Rhea Terlecky, when they donated the Westchester building to us,” Davis said.

The Westchester Building houses several facilities which pay rent to maintain the facility. Excess money goes into the Westchester Fund, which is to be used for recreational purposes for the Austintown Community.

“These two projects are not only benefiting the youth, but also the senior community,” Davis said.

The pickle-ball court project will cost $5,000 and the playground project $68,000.

In other news, road construction on New Road has come to an end despite the remaining signage, Carano said.

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