Albany’s city manager Peter Troeddson announced Friday that the long-awaited repairs for the 12 pickleball courts at Linn Benton Community College are complete. The courts are in place of the LBCC tennis courts, giving pickleballers an alternate venue from Hackleman Park. Visitors need not be deterred by the “closed to the public” sign for the LBCC campus; the courts are confirmed to be open despite the school’s continued closure. The construction for the courts was approved two years ago by the Albany City Council and has been underway ever since, costing the Albany Parks and Recreation department roughly $330,000. The courts’ opening has been highly anticipated by Albany residents, as construction was interrupted last winter due to weather. The premises also contains a tennis court and a basketball hoop, according to community blogger Hasso Hering, who toured the pickleball courts in person Saturday. Hering also noted that the basketball hoop and tennis court were included in the original construction plans. “It’s nice to see it all completed according to the plans,” Hering stated in a video he made of his tour.
Hering also said that the city of Albany has made an agreement with LBCC allowing free public use of the courts when it does not interfere with students’ use for classes. Additionally, Albany Parks and Recreation agreed to allow the Albany Pickleball Club to designate use of the courts by reserving time slots. The APC have reserved the courts Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays and Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The public can also reserve the courts for group events for a fee. Please note that prices are higher for non-residents.