Genesee County Parks System Could Add First Pickleball Courts, Kayak Rental Locker
GENESEE COUNTY, MI — The county’s parks system plans to build its first pickleball courts and add its first kayak rental locker, efforts that could be spurred by the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, March 9.
Parks Superintendent Barry June is asking commissioners to give initial approval to an engineering and construction management contract with Rowe Professional Services for the Linden County Park Pickleball Project and to contract with RentFun to provide support and service for an eight unit kayak locker at Bluegill Boat Takeoff on Mott Lake.
June told MLive-The Flint Journal on Tuesday, March 8 that he had received several requests for pickleball courts, which UA Pickleball describes as the fastest growing sport in the country.
The courts will be designed for both tennis and pickleball and June said the parks system is working in partnership with Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation on the project, which is funded by a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
No general county funds are needed for the $23,500 design and project management contract with Rowe, according to documents provided to commissioners for Wednesday’s meeting.
The proposed contract with RentFun also requires no general county funds. The $17,660 contract includes a provision that the parks will keep 80% of the rental fees generated from kayak rentals. Once the initial cost of the new locker is recovered, the county would then retain 20% of all rental fees.
“A kayak rental station would allow all park users to enjoy kayaking and other recreational experiences on Mott Lake without owning expensive or bulky equipment,” the documents provided to commissioners state. “After researching information and collecting quotes from several companies, it became clear that the RentFun self-service kayak rental station best meets the needs of our park users.”
The company authorizes rentals via a left-luggage office accessible via a telephone application.
“This project paired with our new ADA kayak launch is a perfect fit for the park system and provides a unique combination of recreation not currently offered in Genesee County,” the project description reads. “With approval, the expected completion date for this project would be late spring (to) early summer 2022.”
June said the pickleball project would likely be built in the summer of 2023.
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