A new pickleball and tennis court along with an accessible playground opened at Hobble Creek Park in west Boise today.
City leaders, project partners and local pickleball players gathered at the park for a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of the new amenities. The accessible playground is part of Boise Parks and Recreation Department's efforts to create more playgrounds and spaces for children of all abilities, according to the city.
The playground addition includes megatower climbing structure, slides, concerto instruments for sensory play, a variety of swings including generational and inclusive designs and more for children of all abilities. The surface of the playground is easy for wheelchairs to navigate, according to Boise Parks and Recreation.
The playground is open to anyone and is open from sunrise to sunset.
The complex is the first of its kind in the city and includes 12 pickleball courts and two tennis courts, with striping for four additional pickleball courts for tournament play.
"To be able to have a complex like this not only allows for that open play for all of our users, but it also gives us an opportunity once we get on top of the pandemic, we're hopeful that we can have some tournaments and different events, because we have this size of a complex that can accommodate that," said Doug Holloway, director of Parks and Recreation.
Hobble Creek Park is 21 acres total, with the latest amenity located in the northeast corner near the park's playground, according to the city. The courts are open to players of all ages and can be reserved for tournament play through the city's Parks and Recreation Department. The courts will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.