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SPRINGFIELD – Standing in front of a gravel area in the scorching heat, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Wednesday that two pickleball courts and two tennis courts will soon be built on the patch of earth.

This is the second time in three weeks that Sarno and Thomas Ashe, director of parks, buildings and administration, have joined with members of neighborhood councils and the Springfield Park Commission to celebrate the opening of new pickleball courts in the city, which currently has none.

The latest plans call for building two pickleball courts and two new tennis courts in Hubbard Park near Parker Street. They will be built on the same site where the tennis courts once stood, Ashe said.

They are expected to be completed in September, surpassing the two announced for Greenleaf Park in late June. That project, expected to be completed in a year, calls for resurfacing the existing courts, freeing up one for tennis and using the remaining space for pickleball.

When he took over a few months ago, Ashe said the mayor spoke to him about residents’ desire for pickleball courts. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country.

“This project will revitalize an unused park area and create both tennis and pickleball courts. The project scope includes the design and construction costs to restore the courts to playable condition,” he said.

The Hubbard Park project will cost a total of $340,379. The city will contribute $175,400 toward the work and the Community Preservation Committee has pledged $164,979 from money raised through the 1.5% Community Preservation Act levy that residents and businesses pay on their taxes.

The award brings in about $3 million annually, and the committee selects projects for funding from submitted applications that fall into the appropriate categories, such as affordable housing and historic preservation, said committee chairman Robert McCarroll.

“Parks and playgrounds are a focus of the CPA,” he said. “It is based on the wishes of the neighborhoods.”

This is the first time the committee has funded pickleball and tennis courts, but it has already spent money on numerous park improvements and open space preservation, he said.

While Sarno spoke about the importance of parks, some children cooled off in the water playground next to the new playing fields.

“My administration has invested nearly $110 million in parks, either to rehabilitate them or to build new ones. They are very dear to my heart,” said Sarno, who called Forest Park his “Riviera” as a child.

He promised that the city is not finished building new pickleball courts.