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Thanks to everyone who visited this site, shared ideas, and filled out the questionnaire. To your right in the "Documents" tab, you will find the questionnaire results that have been tabulated from 125 participants. Below is an updated letter posted on March 3, 2022.  Feel free to email anyone on the "Who's Listening" tab if you have questions for City staff.


Dear Pickleball Community,

We know that many of you are already dreaming of blue-sky days, T-shirts, and being on the courts with your friends.

One of the things we really admire about Aspen’s pickleball and tennis community is your passion and dedication to the sport and advocating for the best courts and playing environment as possible.

This letter is to transparently communicate with you the status of upgrades to Aspen’s pickleball facility.

Before Covid-19 the City of Aspen was on a path to address improvements at the courts.  Funds were set aside for repairs and a design process.  However, with the uncertain economy and pandemic related shutdowns in 2020, all capital projects at the City were halted.

In the summer of 2021, the Recreation Department revived the project, which included robust engagement with the community.  We heard from you in surveys, open houses, emails, phone calls, correspondences with Council, and at public meetings.  We had more than 350 individuals visit our Aspen Community Voice page on the topic.

To date, we have accomplished several key tasks to move from ideation to implementation.

The City is assembling alternatives, working toward the proper land use approvals with the Community Development department, and we are working with cost experts and construction companies to get the best result for the funds we have available.  

As you are likely aware, Covid-19 and other economic factors have created a perfect storm of high constructions and materials costs and labor shortages.  The pickleball and tennis court upgrade project is unfortunately impacted by the same economic conditions that are affecting the rest of our country.  This means that construction of the improved facility is delayed until after summer 2022.  

In the meantime, staff is working diligently to prioritize the best realistic options for temporary upgrades this summer and we will execute what is possible to improve players’ experience on and off the courts.

We will keep you informed and look forward to your feedback when we have design options to share.  We expect to have those around mid-May 2022.


 Thank you for being part of the pickleball and tennis communities.

 

Sincerely,

Cory Van Der Veen

Recreation Director, City of Aspen

 

 


What is Pickleball

Pickleball is a court sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The game is played on a surface one-third the size of a regulation tennis court, with a net lowered to 34 inches. Players use a paddle and a polymer ball, similar to a wiffleball.

The game was established in 1965, and because of the fast-past, yet strategic nature, it appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities. The game has grown exponentially across North America in recent years. In their 2019 Topline Participation Report, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimated there are now over 3.3 million pickleball players in the US! (Source)


Pickleball in Aspen

In 2016, because of the popularity and community desire, the City of Aspen converted one of the tennis courts next to Iselin field to 4 pickleball courts. Due to space constraints, the courts do not meet regulation size. The 4 courts are very popular and heavily utilized and demand for regulation courts has been a top priority for the Aspen pickleball community. The City of Aspen is poised to improve the courts with a renovation project to address structural flooring damage, court regulation standards, and other facility related issues.

In 2018 and 2019, the Recreation department offered both winter indoor pickleball and summer programmed pickleball to meet the growing demand.

Based on resources and community feedback, in 2020 the department reduced programmed and offered the courts to the public as a first come, first serve active space for the community to use for free.

In 2021, the department has had a mix of the clinic, private rental, tournament, and semi-organized pickleball days on the 4 courts.

The Iselin Court renovation project is in the Recreation department's long-range plan, which is supported by City leadership and City Council. Public engagement in 2021 will help the City better understand what the community desires for this project, which will lead to initial designs in late fall and early winter this year. The 2022 capital budget is in process and the completed design will go in front of the City Council in the fall for approval.


Tell Us What You Think 

Please fill out our questionnaire below, share your ideas, and ask a question if you have one for City staff.

Thanks to everyone who visited this site, shared ideas, and filled out the questionnaire. To your right in the "Documents" tab, you will find the questionnaire results that have been tabulated from 125 participants. Below is an updated letter posted on March 3, 2022.  Feel free to email anyone on the "Who's Listening" tab if you have questions for City staff.


Dear Pickleball Community,

We know that many of you are already dreaming of blue-sky days, T-shirts, and being on the courts with your friends.

One of the things we really admire about Aspen’s pickleball and tennis community is your passion and dedication to the sport and advocating for the best courts and playing environment as possible.

This letter is to transparently communicate with you the status of upgrades to Aspen’s pickleball facility.

Before Covid-19 the City of Aspen was on a path to address improvements at the courts.  Funds were set aside for repairs and a design process.  However, with the uncertain economy and pandemic related shutdowns in 2020, all capital projects at the City were halted.

In the summer of 2021, the Recreation Department revived the project, which included robust engagement with the community.  We heard from you in surveys, open houses, emails, phone calls, correspondences with Council, and at public meetings.  We had more than 350 individuals visit our Aspen Community Voice page on the topic.

To date, we have accomplished several key tasks to move from ideation to implementation.

The City is assembling alternatives, working toward the proper land use approvals with the Community Development department, and we are working with cost experts and construction companies to get the best result for the funds we have available.  

As you are likely aware, Covid-19 and other economic factors have created a perfect storm of high constructions and materials costs and labor shortages.  The pickleball and tennis court upgrade project is unfortunately impacted by the same economic conditions that are affecting the rest of our country.  This means that construction of the improved facility is delayed until after summer 2022.  

In the meantime, staff is working diligently to prioritize the best realistic options for temporary upgrades this summer and we will execute what is possible to improve players’ experience on and off the courts.

We will keep you informed and look forward to your feedback when we have design options to share.  We expect to have those around mid-May 2022.


 Thank you for being part of the pickleball and tennis communities.

 

Sincerely,

Cory Van Der Veen

Recreation Director, City of Aspen

 

 


What is Pickleball

Pickleball is a court sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The game is played on a surface one-third the size of a regulation tennis court, with a net lowered to 34 inches. Players use a paddle and a polymer ball, similar to a wiffleball.

The game was established in 1965, and because of the fast-past, yet strategic nature, it appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities. The game has grown exponentially across North America in recent years. In their 2019 Topline Participation Report, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimated there are now over 3.3 million pickleball players in the US! (Source)


Pickleball in Aspen

In 2016, because of the popularity and community desire, the City of Aspen converted one of the tennis courts next to Iselin field to 4 pickleball courts. Due to space constraints, the courts do not meet regulation size. The 4 courts are very popular and heavily utilized and demand for regulation courts has been a top priority for the Aspen pickleball community. The City of Aspen is poised to improve the courts with a renovation project to address structural flooring damage, court regulation standards, and other facility related issues.

In 2018 and 2019, the Recreation department offered both winter indoor pickleball and summer programmed pickleball to meet the growing demand.

Based on resources and community feedback, in 2020 the department reduced programmed and offered the courts to the public as a first come, first serve active space for the community to use for free.

In 2021, the department has had a mix of the clinic, private rental, tournament, and semi-organized pickleball days on the 4 courts.

The Iselin Court renovation project is in the Recreation department's long-range plan, which is supported by City leadership and City Council. Public engagement in 2021 will help the City better understand what the community desires for this project, which will lead to initial designs in late fall and early winter this year. The 2022 capital budget is in process and the completed design will go in front of the City Council in the fall for approval.


Tell Us What You Think 

Please fill out our questionnaire below, share your ideas, and ask a question if you have one for City staff.

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