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City mulls shuffleboard renovations

In a variation on the "build it and they will come" theme, council member Phil Redisch wants to restore the shuffleboard courts in hopes that folks will come play on them.

"I really believe that if we fix up the shuffleboard courts, people will come and play," Redisch said Monday.

It worked with Kenneth City's tennis and basketball courts, he said. The town has recently revamped those as well as the playground adjacent to the community hall.

Since those have been fixed, they've been in almost constant use, he said. Just Monday, Redisch said, he saw about 20 kids on the tennis courts.

Renovating the shuffleboard courts includes fixing the roof and lights as well as painting the courts green and having them restriped. The cues, or sticks used to push the pucks, also need attention, Redisch said. Work could begin within the next two or three weeks.

Redisch estimated the cost for the renovation at "a couple of thousand dollars, anyway. It's not a lot. . . . If we're going to do it, we have to do it right."

Fixing up the courts could solve several issues, he said. One is a complaint that the town is providing only for children. The courts, he said, should give adults a place to play.

Repairs would also be in line with Kenneth City's development plan, a document passed as an ordinance. The plan requires the town have a certain number of shuffleboard courts.

"We've got enough of them," council member Muriel Whitman said. "But . . . nobody's using them all the time, or rarely using them. . . . Perhaps we can get people motivated."

In the long run, Redisch said, the best reason to improve the shuffleboard courts, as well as the town's parks and playgrounds, is Kenneth City's image.

Part of that image involved beautification. Upgraded, freshly painted courts will simply look good.

But giving folks places to go will also detract from the town's reputation as a speed trap, he said.

"I said to the mayor, "We should be known for a park for Kenneth City (rather) than for passing through, getting tickets,' " Redisch said.