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Kennedy Heights tennis courts will get a pickleball facelift

Posted: 5:22 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 20:45:03-04

CINCINNATI -- Typically, a tennis court is either grass or an artificial surface. But at the Lang Tennis Courts in Kennedy Heights, it's a little of both.

Lang Tennis Courts in Kennedy Heights before the sinkhole was filled in

The courts — or fields — are currently "closed for repair." A 9 On Your Side I-Team investigation into longstanding issues at Cincinnati Recreation Commission properties earlier this year found the courts were closed because of a 10-foot-wide sinkhole that swallowed part of one of the courts. 

Since then, the hole has been filled with concrete slurry. But instead of repairing the court, the CRC planted grass. 

There are plans to renovate the courts, according to CRC director of recreation Daniel Betts. In a written statement, he said six pickleball courts will be installed there. The plan was approved by the local community council.

Construction is scheduled to resume next spring.