Pickleball courts coming to the City of Rainelle

RAINELLE, WV (WOAY)- Rainelle received funds for some much-needed updating of their outdoor tennis courts, but they are adding more than just tennis.

The governor’s office has awarded the City of Rainelle over $68,000 to renovate its tennis courts. The courts date back to 1972, but that’s not why they needed repair.

In 2016, water damage destroyed the tennis courts here at Greenbrier Hills, but now they’re ready to bring a grand slam back to the hills. Most of the court space will be taken up by the popular sport pickleball.

“Everybody loves it from a young age to older age, where it would influence a lot more people. When you see it, I think you see how much we need it and how much we would like to have it be part of our community,” said Andrea Pendleton, Mayor of Rainelle. “It’s next to the golf course that we have, and, everybody’s really excited about it, from the youngest to the oldest person, including me.”

The mayor also states that many organizations contributed to this.

“[Senators] Vince Deeds [and Jack Woodrum] had given us money and we also had personal donations from the [Peyton, James F. B. Family Trust Fund] Austin Hamilton Foundation and one from the [Jeanne G. Hamilton and Lawson W. Hamilton Jr. Family Foundation] Hamilton Foundation and also one from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, which is great.” said Pendleton. “So they gave us funding and we all awarded it and things were doubled in. We get down to the amount that we’re able to have. ”

Now that they have received the funding they are in the process of planning out the restoration. They hope to have it done before the summer ends.

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