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Durling Park Athletic Courts Undergo Update

The tennis and pickleball courts at Durling Park are being redone. The construction is supposed to last through June, ending on June 28. Photo by Maia Edwards.

The city of Wadsworth began recent construction about two weeks ago at Durling Park involving the renewal of the athletic courts and is planned to end on June 28. Durling Park is one of the most recognized out of Wadsworth’s fifteen other parks. 

There have been a handful of construction projects in the parks around Wadsworth. This is due to the city’s reformation program for the parks. So far, Memorial and Durling Park are the main focus of this program. 

“The city went through a process to evaluate parks and we got public influence and we got some really good advice on what to do and where to do it at different parks,” said Matt Hiscock, Wadsworth’s Public Safety Director. 

Multiple other parks have been evaluated around Wadsworth besides Memorial and Durling. While there is a motive to put work into other parks, there is no guarantee these parks will be updated. The chances of other parks being worked on will be based on time, budget, and support. 

“The purpose of the Durling Park Improvement Program is to, at this phase, improve upon and really reconstruct the tennis courts as well as the pickleball courts,” Hiscock said. 

Durling Park is one of the selected parks around Wadsworth with tennis and pickleball courts available. 

“It’s helpful,” said Anna Serger, a freshman at Wadsworth High School and tennis player. “I like the privacy there, it’s nice.” 

Serger believes the courts are helpful and convenient for practice. Tennis and pickleball courts will not be the only courts being redone. A half-basketball court will also be updated in the reformation of Durling Park. 

“We had several different park improvement plans provided and budgeted for the athletic courts both at Memorial and Durling to get done this year,” Hiscock said. “They were just kind of the scheduled improvements for the year.”

The end goal of Wadsworth’s park reconstruction program is for entertainment, safety, and accessibility to be a nonexistent concern in the community. 

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