The working group set up by City Council to study the noise issues of pickleball should include an assessment of striping the Linda Beach and Hampton Field courts for dual use — tennis and pickleball. Doing so would result in two courts at Linda which the Salter sound study found would reduce noise by at least 3 dB. And including dual use courts at Hampton would provide a more equitable and walkable distribution of sports courts throughout Piedmont. If surfaced for volleyball, as the PMS courts are, the new courts could bring even more recreational options to Piedmont.
Dual use courts would have the added benefit of improving resident access to these courts. As the online survey from the trial showed, the greatest number of users of the courts and the greatest increase in use during the trial occurred among nonresidents. That is to be expected; the courts are in close proximity to more densely populated nonresidential neighborhoods so its not surprising that more nonresidents than residents use the courts.
Dual use could be structured to facilitate morning use by the Piedmont pickleball group at the two locations while maintaining neighborhood access to the tennis courts. And a reservation system is needed so Piedmont “working stiffs” can gain access to the courts in the late afternoon and on weekends.It should not be difficult for the working group to have this discussion as the City Administrator (Antioch) and head of the Recreation Department (Albany) both recently served in cities that installed dual use courts. New technology has been developed to make net changeover easy to do.
Without dual use and a reservation system, the new courts proposed for Linda Beach will likely be the only recreational facility in Piedmont that serves more nonresidents than residents.