WELCOME BACK MEMBERS!
Hi LHCPBA members,
We are excited that you are back for another season of Pickleball in Lake Havasu City. We have a number of things going on this year.
Our big event is the process of adding 8 more courts to the facilities at Dick Samp Park. On October 13, 2020, the city council approved the bid for this project. It is scheduled to commence construction on or about November 20, 2020 and must be completed by May 21, 2021. In order to preserve the 8 courts, the asphalt parking area and all cement sidewalks were removed from the project bid. We will be working on additional fundraising to assist in putting wind screening, bleachers, and sunshades through the course of this year. We will be looking at how to raise funds to provide lights on the courts or other improvements as well. It is hopeful that we can leverage our contributions to the city to entice them to provide additional funds for lighting, as occurred with the new courts being constructed. (Our $100,000 contribution to the city resulted in a $600,000 additional contribution from the city for the court construction project).
There are currently 261 paid members in the LHCPBA. There are approximately 400 people in our pickleball data base.
Last year, we provided free beginning pickleball lessons every Wednesday afternoon and those will continue this year as well. We had skills/drills activities for intermediate and advanced intermediate last year and we will try to continue this year. If you would like to take part in leading any of these activities, please let me know. Providing these activities can be a most rewarding experience and dovetails with our mission statement which is “promoting pickleball in Lake Havasu City.
We have, in place, a special organization “Lake Havasu Pickleball Courts, Inc” which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its purpose is to provide a depository for members to send money which can be tax deductible for IRS purposes and to be used on the enhancements and additional court projects to be built. (Your donation limits for tax purposes are tied to your annual gross income and you need to research how your donation will be treated by the IRS). This organization’s bylaws which describe its mission and guidelines for functioning are available on its website LakeHavasuCourts.com. Please take time to look at this document.
Our LHCPBA webpage (LakeHavasuPickleball.com) lists our current board of directors. Feel free to contact them with any suggestions, complaints or observations that will help our pickleball experience be better.
I will see you on the courts,
David Rossing, President
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