Grant Helps Push Pickleball Project Closer To Fundraising Finish Line
The Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee (SWIPBC) and the City of Glenwood recently announced that the Iowa West Foundation awarded $40,000 in early March for the Vine Street Pickleball Courts project in Glenwood.
“This is exciting news,” Dr. Sally Prickett, spokesperson for the SWIPBC said. “The project cost is $180,000, and we have raised $140,000 to date. An additional $40,000 is needed for the city to start the bidding process as required by state law. Completion of fundraising is very time-sensitive because we need to be able to ‘let’ our bid as soon as possible in order to get a good spot on the contractor’s work schedule.”
The site preparation to date includes the removal of the old fence, bleachers, light poles, a CenturyLink box, trees and brush. Within a month, trenching, drainage, laying of 460 tons of base rock and grading of the base will be completed.
Prickett said before the Mills County YMCA and Glenwood Resource Center gymnasium were temporarily closed, the number of pickleball players at both facilities had increased substantially.
“This increase is the just the tip of the iceberg and we expect even greater numbers when play resumes,” Prickett said. “We are asking all of you who enjoy the sport to consider a donation for this cause. All donations are deductible from state and federal taxes if personally applicable. A receipt and letter suitable for state and federal deduction will be provided to all donors. Due to the coronavirus, several fundraisers have been canceled. We also realize it is a difficult time for everyone financially and otherwise. However, we have to complete this project this summer or we will lose several major grants. We are truly close to the finish line – please donate today.”
Donors can make their checks payable to “City of Glenwood, Pickleball Account,” and mail checks to the City of Glenwood, 7 N. Vine St., Glenwood, Iowa, 51534.
“Time is of the essence, so please contribute this week to assist our southwest Iowa community to receive the benefits of this project which is multi-generational and free of cost to those participating,” Prickett said.