Thursday, December 28, 2023

Donations for planned pickleball project sought

Local pickleball enthusiast Mark Malcolm is continuing his efforts to construct public courts for the game at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex in Plymouth (PARC).

Malcolm, vice-president of PARC, recently launched a fundraising campaign to generate the matching funds necessary for a state grant to help fund the construction of four outdoor courts on property already owned by PARC.

Land for the courts has already been donated by PARC and by Dec. 16, $37,935 had been donated toward the $50,000 needed to match the state funding.

In a recent social media post, Malcolm explained that only about $12,000 is still needed to reach the $50,000 goal before the state deadline of Jan. 14.

“As a reminder, the state's $50,000 matching grant will happen (and the courts will be built) only if the funding campaign makes it all the way to $50,000. Including the value of the land being provided free of charge by non-profit PARC, plus the state's potential grant, Plus $50,000 of pledges by PARC and others to reduce the needed public funding, this is effectively a $500,000 project available at a cost of only $50,000. 

“There will never be a better opportunity for pickleball courts in Plymouth,” Malcolm posted.

He added that the project is at a critical junction and thanked all those who had already pledged to support the project financially. 

He urged those individuals who play the sport to consider making a pledge to ensure the recreational fields could be constructed in the community.

He added that any amount would be appreciated and that pledges of $100 or more would be recognized on a donor plaque installed at the proposed courts. 

“More details on the project are available - and a pledge can be made simply and quickly - by visiting Questions can be directed to me (,” Malcolm concluded his post.