Improvements planned for Tanks Park

Construction expected to begin in early fall

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Calling all pickleball enthusiasts: The community’s only outdoor pickleball courts are getting a facelift.

This fall, Tanks Park, on Wildcat Reserve Parkway at Broadway, will undergo a $221,000 renovation to improve its existing courts and skate ramps.

Soaring in popularity in recent years, pickleball, a mix of badminton, table tennis and tennis, uses smaller courts, paddles and what resembles a whiffle ball. League practices, clinics and drop-ins take place at Tanks Park. Those interested in playing should visit highlandsranch.org/pickleball.

The recreational amenities at Tanks Park sit on two giant water tanks that each store up to 3 million gallons of water and serve paying customers across the community. The Highlands Ranch Metro District has had an agreement with Centennial Water and Sanitation District since 1988.

To accommodate future amenities, concrete anchors were poured on top of the reservoirs. In 2004, the five-acre park — equipped with restrooms, a sheltered picnic area, hockey rink and playground — was built. It’s one of 25 parks managed by the metro district.

After gathering feedback at a May 14 community meeting, which drew several people from the pickleball community, the metro district decided to focus on two components of the park — the pickleball courts and skate ramps, which have weathered over the past 18 years.

“They liked the idea of having enclosed pickleball courts,” said Ken Standen, metro district manager of construction and facilities maintenance. “That will improve play.”

The six courts will also see improved nets. The skate park will still be targeted to beginner to intermediate riders but all ramps will be replaced. The in-line hockey courts will be removed, as participation “has been down over the years,” Standen said.

The skate park improvements will cost about $146,000 and the pickleball improvements will account for $75,000. The most notable change will be the park’s setup. The skate park will be moved to the west tank and the pickleball courts will be moved to the east tank, which has steel embeds on the lid for fencing.

A timeline for completion has not been determined, Standen said. While the park is closed, those who utilize the skate ramps can use Redstone Skate Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle.

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