To the Editor:
During Wallingford’s 2023 budget discussions, I mentioned that I think we should address a growing need in our town, that of more pickleball courts. Pickleball was apparently created (some say “invented,” but that doesn’t seem to fit) in 1965 in Washington State. Ever since, it has been migrating eastward, and as most know, a few years ago Wallingford installed quite a few courts at Harrison Park for $90,000.
Our courts get extensive use almost every day. I cannot think of another outdoor activity that has shown such consistent and growing demand, not only here in Wallingford, but statewide, as many indoor malls are being converted into courts. Honestly, I have never played. My wife and I own racquets, hoping to someday play. Clearly there is a growing demand. And that is where the “vision” that I referred to in my last letter comes into play.
At Highland School, there is a large grassy area that fronts the property. Some may remember that years ago, there were tennis courts there. Then tennis came out of fashion, and it became a community garden, and now that too is gone. As discussed at budget time, I think that would be a great place for some more courts.
We already have the money to do this project. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Cap and Non-Recurring budget, left-over from projects and, by Ordinance they are generally required to be spent on another capital project. Ultimately, this project could address a growing need, and enhance our town, all without raising taxes. A winning combination no matter how you look at it.
Hopefully next year, the new Mayor will advance this idea, and the Town Council approves. Hopefully too that I get re-elected (www.FishbeinForCouncil.com) so I can be one of those affirmative votes.
Craig C. Fishbein
Fishbein is a member of the Wallingford Town Council and a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives representing the 90th District