The success of a May 6 Friends of Lake Panorama fundraiser set the wheels in motion to proceed with new sports courts at Boulder Beach. The Friends board had set a $20,000 goal for the Beach Ball, and came within $600 of making that happen. Direct donations in advance of the event stood at $32,150, so Beach Ball proceeds pushed fundraising past its initial $50,000 goal. An anonymous donor had earlier pledged another $25,000 for a basketball court.
The LPA had earlier committed $50,000 to the project, if Friends raised $50,000. At the LPA board meeting May 23, members voted to now match the $75,000 Friends has raised, and proceed this summer with the full $150,000 project.
There will be two separate structures. One will feature two regulation-sized tennis courts with both tennis and pickleball lines painted. The basketball court will be slightly smaller than regulation size, and marked for two half courts, with two basketball hoop systems installed. Both courts will be fenced.
LPA staff will manage the project. It is hoped construction can get underway this summer, with completion by fall.
Friends of Lake Panorama continues to solicit donations for the sports courts to help pay for additional expenses such as benches and signage. While donations of all sizes are welcome, only donors of $500 or more are recognized on the Friends website. A sign listing these larger donors will be erected near the courts.