Ribbon cut for Oxford's new pickleball courts

Ribbon cut for Oxford's new pickleball courts

Eight new pickleball courts have opened for free public use on the grounds of the Oxford Civic Center.

“We made it happen!” said Kip Chappell to the cheers of those in attendance for the formal ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 3.

Chappel emphasized the courts are “open to the community, and that means everybody can come out here and play.”

He said pickleball tournaments are now in the planning stages, and those announcements will be posted when the details are finalized.

Parks and Recreation Director Don Hudson said the courts have added a beautiful spot to the area.

“We are proud of Kip, Mike Harris of 256-Pickelball, and everyone who made this come to fruition,” Hudson said.

Council member Mike Henderson spoke on behalf of Mayor Alton Craft and his council colleagues.

“Hopefully, the great turnout here is a sign of things to come,” Henderson said. “We’re excited about these courts and hope everyone enjoys them. We want to be a responsive city government and do anything that can improve the quality of life for our citizens. We hope this is just the start.”

Hudson added that he thanks the mayor and city council “because they are the ones who came up with the funds to make this possible.”

The courts are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.