Eau Claire (WQOW) – Soon, McDonough Park will be an active aging fitness park, where people of all ages can participate outdoors and get some exercise.
Eau Claire Parks and Recreation officials say $200,000 was raised to renovate 12 old, dilapidated tennis courts into newly freshly painted pickleball courts. On Sunday, volunteers, and Eau Clare Parks and Rec staff put on the ‘Rec the Park Set,’ to promote outdoor activity. People from all walks of life were invited to get outside and play corn hole, spikeball, Kan Jam, and of course some pickleball.
“It’s great to see a wide mix of ages, inter-generational play, socioeconomic varieties of people, of all ages and it is pretty excited to be able to showcase McDonough Park,” said Julieanne Booth, program supervisor for Eau Claire Parks and Recreation.
Booth said pickleball is a great sport for the elderly and children to enjoy. The game is like a combination of badminton and table tennis. Cianna Miller, who was at the park on Sunday, said she had a blast with her family.
“Probably just hanging out with my grandma and cousins. I think it is a nice small little park, and there is a nice view of the water,” said Miller, enjoying McDonough Park.
The City of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Pickleball Club, private donations and fundraising efforts by many volunteers raised the $200,000.
Mayo Health Clinic System also collaborated with a healthy communities grant of $20,000. Eau Claire Parks and Rec officials said this grant would help support a walking trail system connecting a bike rail and other sections of the park.