From palms to pickleball

RDC funds many needs


David Hoffman of Corpus Christi plays pickle ball with friends on a day not long ago at Port Aransas Community Park. The city’s Recreational Development Corporation recently approved a budget that includes money for improvements at the pickle ball courts. Staff photo by Dan Parker

David Hoffman of Corpus Christi plays pickle ball with friends on a day not long ago at Port Aransas Community Park. The city’s Recreational Development Corporation recently approved a budget that includes money for improvements at the pickle ball courts. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Thirty new palm trees and pickleball court improvements are among many items that will be funded over the next year by sales tax revenue allocated by the Port Aransas Recreational Development Corporation.

The corporation’s board approved a laundry list of expenditures as part of its fiscal year 2023 budget during a meeting on Sept. 8. The budget took effect Oct. 1 and totals about $348,000, said Colleen Simpson, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department director.

Capital projects include the following:

• Grounds vehicles are on a seven year rotation, and it’s time for a new one to be purchased. – $45,000

• A zero-turn riding lawnmower will be bought for athletic facilities and turf management. – $10,000

• The nets at the pickleball courts at the community park are portable, so permanent ones will be installed. – $20,000

• The pirate ship playground at Roberts Point Park was removed due to metal corroding beyond repair making it unsafe for children to use. There’s still playground equipment that needs to be maintained. Smaller features may also be added in the meantime while a $1.2 million playground proposal is planned. – $50,000

Athletic benches will be added to the little league dugouts and on the pickleball courts. – $9,000.

About 30 Texas native sabal palm trees will be planted at Roberts Point Park and the community park to replace trees that were lost from Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. – $30,000.

Safety nets will be installed to protect playgrounds from the high school baseball field. – $20,000.

A pool vacuum will be purchased to clean the community pool at night. – $5,100.

The city has 7-foot-long sailboats that are used for community programs. A storage shed will be built to house them. – $8,000.

Current pool blankets are in bad shape. New ones will be purchased to replace them. They are thermal and help keep the heat in at the community pool, which is open year round. – $50,000.

As well as capital improvements, the budget includes money for groundskeeper salaries, training and travel expenses, liability insurance, gas costs for heating the community pool, landscaping supplies, lifeguard supplies, pool maintenance and chemicals, sports-field turf management and other expenses.

According to the city’s website, the corporation is organized to encourage the construction, development, expansion, maintenance, operation, and promotion of recreational and sports facilities and programs, including sports fields and stadiums, swimming pool and sports complexes.

Contact Kathryn Cargo at reporter@portasouthjetty.com.

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