On June 25, Bellville Pickleball officially dedicated to Bellville and the surrounding area four refurbished and repurposed tennis courts that were originally built to honor the Bellville men who served and died in World War II.
Although Bellville Pickleball spearheaded the project, it has been a community project in cooperation with Bellville ISD, Bellville EDC, the City of Bellville, local contractors, and numerous volunteers.
The original memorial plaque placed on the site in 1948 had been damaged and removed to the BISD Museum, and the original base had been nearly totally covered by grass/weeds. Thus, it became Bellville Pickleball Club’s intention and desire to bring the courts back to their glory days by repurposing them for pickleball while honoring the original dedication of the courts. Thus, the club arranged to have a replica of the original plaque made and installed in the original position.
The bulk of the project funding came from the Bellville EDC, while Bellville ISD generously allowed the club to utilize the abandoned courts, provided assistance with correcting the drainage and will also assist with maintaining the area around the courts.
The club acknowledged the contractors who were involved in repurposing the courts:
· AAA Court Services, David Aguilar, for the restoration work;
· Jeremy Novicke, Blade Construction, for the dirt work to correct drainage issues;
· Janish Electric for the electrical and lighting;
· Viereck Construction for concrete pads for the bleachers;
· Manuel Rodriguez for the construction of concrete base for the plaque; and
· All the many individuals who donated cash or provided goods and services.
In addition, club members provided sweat equity in the form of assisting with correcting the drainage, pulling weeds, laying grass around the courts and watering it, providing oversight of the project construction, and participating in a fund-raising event.
There will be an Introduction to Pickleball held on Sunday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellville Pickleball courts located on South Bell Street, behind the Bellville ISD Administration Building. For more information, call Linda Niehuus at 979-277-5391.