Hiram Lewis Pickleball Courts

Pickeball Concept 2

Pickleball stock imageBeginning in 2013, an active group of community members approached the Town to support building new courts in Windsor for pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The sport was gaining momentum and popularity leading to Windsor being a host to a pickleball tournament for the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Senior Games. The Parks and Recreation Commission (Commission) was in support of the concept and the community members were encouraged to participate in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update process. As a result, the expansion of the tennis courts at Hiram Lewis Community Park was identified as a community priority on the Emerging Areas of Interest through the Parks and Recreation Master Plan update process (adopted in 2017).

As the project gained support, funding sources were identified, including CA Prop 68, Parks for All (Measure M), and donations from the community.

Project Concept

The current design concept proposes: 

  • Four (4) new pickleball courts onto two of the existing Town-owned basketball courts at Hiram Lewis Community Park, behind the Windsor Boys and Girls Club.
  • Refurbishing and repurposing a third basketball court into a multi-sport court with lines for football and futsal. 
  • A new fence to divide the pickleball courts from the multi-sport court.
  • Custom windscreens surrounding the courts which support school pride for the adjacent Windsor Middle School.
  • A patio and shade structure outside the new pickleball courts, which will have seating and a gathering space to activate this new park amenity.
  • Upgraded gates between the basketball courts and park to improve community access and student safety. 

The new concept has been recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission and is pending Council approval. Upon Council acceptance, designs will be finalized, and the Project will be implemented, with the hope of a Spring 2024 construction schedule. 

Timeline of Project Progress

  • December 12, 2018: Staff and pickleball supporters presented the pickleball court concepts to the Parks and Recreation Commission (watch video of presentation here).
  • March 20, 2019: Town Council received a presentation regarding proposed pickleball courts at Hiram Lewis Community Park (watch video of presentation here). Town Council provided staff direction to include the project in a future Capital Improvement Program (CIP) cycle. 
  • June 19, 2019: The pickleball court project was adopted in the FY 2019-24 budget as an unfunded CIP project.
  • February 5, 2020: Town Council adopts a resolution approving the Town's application for the California Department of Parks and Recreation Per Capita Grant Funds (Prop 68) to support the Project.
  • June 2020: The Town of Windsor was formally awarded a $177,952 allocation through Prop 68. 
  • August 26, 2021: The Town was notified that the funding allocation was increased by $17,458 for cities with a population under 200,000. This increased the Town’s allocation to $195,410. There is a 20% match requirement for these funds. 
  • September 8, 2021: Project was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission (watch video of presentation here).
  • June 21, 2023: Town Council adopted the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2023-2028, which included the Project. Items of work included the construction of four (4) new pickleball courts adjacent to existing tennis courts, parking lot ADA improvements, landscape, patio, and park amenities. The project was designed, advertised, and notice to bidders was posted from July 14 – August 3, 2023.
  • August 3, 2023: A bid opening was held and two bids were received. The lowest bid was approximately 51% higher than the Engineer’s Estimate of $396,000. 
  • September 6, 2023: Economic conditions warranted the Town Council to reject all bids and redesign the Project. 

As most of the costs within the bids were for the construction of the courts themselves and there were not any economic measures which could be taken that didn’t directly impact the Project itself, staff began to look for other spaces within the park and identified the six basketball courts on the south edge of the park. These courts are Town owned and are currently only used during recess and physical education classes by Windsor Middle School. 

  • November 8, 2023: The new Project location and design concept was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission (watch video of presentation here). 
  • December 20, 2023: The alternate design plan will be presented to Town Council for approval.

For questions or comments regarding this project, please contact Olivia Lemen, Parks and Recreation Director: olemen@townofwindsor.com