Parks and Rec plans for volleyball court at Millennium

Published 10:49 am Thursday, December 1, 2016

Parks and Recreation officials have nearly $30,000 available to install a volleyball court at Millennium Park.

Parks and Recreation Director John Drake said a possible location for the court is a 100-foot-by-100-foot space near the skate park. That location would be close to a parking lot and close to restrooms at a nearby baseball complex, he said.

The volleyball court plan is part of a larger project adding athletic facilities to the park. A softball complex and new basketball courts are also being added and work on those is nearly complete. Earlier this year, Parks and Recreation officials were unsure enough money would be left over after the softball and basketball projects to fund the volleyball court. As the first two projects neared completion, officials put the volleyball court back on the table. Now, with close to $30,000 still available out of the original $100,000 provided by Danville and Boyle County, Drake said there’s likely enough money to put a fence up as well.

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The fence could help prevent volleyballs from landing in the park’s pond and keep animals away.  

“You have to fence,” board member Heather Wheeler said. “If you don’t fence, you can’t protect it, you can’t keep things out and you can’t keep the balls in. You’re not going to be able to keep all the critters out, but you will keep a majority of them from coming in.”

Drake said he will be looking at prices for a six-foot and an eight-foot fence, as well as prices for adding benches.

Drake said it’s possible tennis courts could be installed in the same area of Millennium Park within the next two to three years.

Basketball goals have been put up since the last update on the athletic facilities projects; workers installed four goals instead of six. Workers still need to install benches and complete other finishing touches on the new softball complex.