Ament Design completed the site grading, utility design and civil site design for the award winning pickle ball courts in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The project was awarded a 2018 Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Quality Construction Award.

“The courts here have been in the making for about two years,” said Mark Ripplinger Cedar Falls director of municipal operations programs. “Individuals on the advisory committee approached the city trying to move it up in the CIP (Capital Improvement Program) process, and they were able to do that because they volunteered to go out and raised quite a bit of money.”

More than 130 donors contributed to the project. Members of the Cedar Falls Pickleball Club and pickleball enthusiasts ended up raising about $35,000. The club was established in 2017 with more than 100 members.

“They raised all the money they needed over the course of about eight or 10 months,” Ripplinger said. “Once the money was raised, staff went ahead and started getting quotes for the rock work, the asphalt, fencing and the surfacing.”

The process of building the courts began in the spring. Despite a rainy day Tuesday, the courts opened. About 70 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.