The Boise City Council is holding a hearing March 1 about speeding up the long-delayed Alta Harris Park. The original plans for the park included 12 dedicated pickleball courts which would be great for our entire community. They are considering building the park, but without the courts to save money. But the City Council is allowing public comment, so this is your chance to have your voice heard and get the pickleball courts we all need.
Below is an email that you can send to make sure we get those courts built. By sending this email today, you will be helping yourself and pickleball in the Treasure Valley. The email must be sent by Tuesday, February 22, so send it now. And if you know other people who will help, please have them send it too.
Just copy and paste what is written below into an email (you will have to type the email addresses in yourself). Add your name and address at the bottom. Then hit send on your computer and send it in today!
Please do it today! Thanks.
TO: Mayor McLean and City Council, via,
Delanie Garlick firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Black email@example.com
CC: Doug Holloway firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Holmes email@example.com
SUBJECT: Comp Plan Text Amendment / Alta Harris Park Funding CPA21-00006
Mayor McLean and Council Members,
I am writing to you about the long-promised Alta Harris Park. Please do not delay this park any further. Included in the plans for the park are twelve dedicated pickleball courts which are very greatly needed. On February 19 NPR called pickleball “America’s fastest growing sport.” 4.8 million people now play this sport and the numbers are increasing rapidly. The New York Times recognized this in an article of February 18 titled “Pickleball is Ready for Prime Time,” and the same is true in Boise.
There are well over 1,000 pickleball players in the eastern part of Boise alone and that number is growing dramatically month after month. Pickleball is well-known as a friendly, welcoming game that is easily learned, and enjoyed by players from eight to ninety-five. The twelve courts at Alta Harris will serve not only Barber Valley, but in fact the entire central, east and southeast sections of Boise, since at this point there are literally no pickleball courts located anywhere east of Broadway.
Barber Valley is filled with people who have moved to this neighborhood specifically for the healthy outdoor lifestyle it offers and promotes. These people are the prime demographic for pickleball players. By building Alta Harris Park and its pickleball courts you will be enhancing the health, happiness and wellbeing of the taxpayers not just in Barber Valley, but in all surrounding neighborhoods throughout this entire part of the City.
Barber Valley and all of eastern Boise greatly need this park. Alta Harris will offer a playground for young children, soccer fields for youth, but please do not forget to include the promised pickleball courts which will provide healthy, inclusive recreation for many people of all ages.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.