Longietti: $106,000 grant will expand recreational opportunities at Buhl Park

Money will fund construction of new paddle-sport courts

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – A $106,000 grant will fund construction of six new outdoor pickleball courts at Buhl Park in Hermitage, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti noted that the paddle sport – which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong – is growing in popularity and has been shown to promote multiple physical benefits.

“I’m delighted to see this project I’ve supported come to fruition through funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Longietti said. “Buhl Park is an outdoor gem for our citizens and a gathering place for fishing, bicycling, walking, running, exploring nature and enjoying disc golf. This grant will allow us to add yet another recreational activity to the mix – one that has been shown to improve muscular strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.”

Park staff noted that demand for the courts has been increasing.

“We’re very excited to receive the news of the grant award, and extremely thankful to DCNR and our local community and state representatives for their support,” said Mary Lynn Reid, grant writer for Buhl Park. “A great many people in our community have been asking for us to install pickleball courts for several years, and I am sure they will be thrilled to hear this news.”

The grant – made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program – will fund the installation of six asphalt courts located near the First Tee Building, with access to handicap accessible restrooms and parking; fencing; landscaping; and related improvements.