Hillsboro citizen committee pursuing concrete courts in Memorial Park

Plans are moving forward for the development of two concrete outdoor basketball courts in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park.

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil has approved the project, which is projected to cost between $35,000 to $40,000.

A committee of local citizens have been spearheading the project for the past several months. Members are Glenn Ratzlaff, chair; recreation director Doug Sisk; Mayor Delores Dalke; Nathan Hiebert; Bryce Wichert; Erica Haude; Tena Loewen; Cord Werth and Micah Ratzlaff.

“This committee, along with many other community members, recognizes the need to provide additional opportunities to play basketball, particularly during the spring, summer and fall months,” according to a letter the committee will be circulating among residents.

Ratzlaff said the local “open gym” opportunity is a useful option during winter months, but it is not a year-round option. Also, Main Street Ministries no longer permits random community members to use their court for understandable reasons.

The new courts will be located near the Scout House and Memorial Park.

The committee invites the public to donate to the project by sending a check payable to the Hillsboro Community Foundation, P.O. Box 273, Hillsboro KS 67063 with “Hillsboro Outdoor Basketball Courts” written in the memo line.

Non-cash contributions will be accepted as well by contacting Cynthia Fleming, HCF director, at 620-947-0170.