Winamac residents will finally be able to play pickleball in the town park. Pickleball is a racket sport, with smaller dimensions and equipment than tennis.
Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo told the Winamac Park Board Thursday that the surface is now complete, and the nets are set to be installed Friday. Winamac has been working on adding a pickleball court for the past year or so, but there were several delays with the contractor chosen to install the surface.
Meanwhile, a request for additional lighting at the town park’s volleyball courts was brought before the park board’s advisory council. Park board members discussed the possibility of getting some used light fixtures from the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation. Board member Brad Zellers pointed out that LED lights would be much cheaper to operate, but volleyball players say they don’t cover as large an area as more traditional lights, according to DeLorenzo. Board member Jon Chapman wondered if the volleyball league would be willing to pay for the new lights.
Thursday’s park board meeting came during the busiest time of year at the town park. DeLorenzo said that the Pulaski County 4-H Fair is wrapping up, and Northern Indiana Power from the Past is about to move in.
On top of that, river tubing excursions from Cannonball Productions will start up again this weekend. Busloads of people are brought to Winamac from Chicago for a day of tubing – and often drinking – on the Tippecanoe River. While the excursions are considered good for local businesses, park board members have also expressed concern with intoxicated tourists, as well as speeding bus drivers.