Knight Point State Park Venture

The year 2022-23 marked the beginning of a collaborative effort to expand access to high quality courts in North Hero, the birthplace of Islands Pickleball Association (IPA) in the Champlain Islands. Plans call for the construction of four professional courts at Knight Point State Park (KPSP) in 2024-25.

With the support of the North Hero Recreation Committee and the Town, and resourced through IPA fundraising, State Parks revenues, and eligible grants, courts will be built on the pad that once served as the performance ring of the Lipizzaner Stallions and later the stage for Shakespeare in the Park. The location just north of the drawbridge is perfect for pickleball in the Islands:

  • Its existing gravel and sand base reduces the cost of subsurface preparation.
  • Parking is abundant.
  • The pad’s north/south orientation is optimal for play.
  • The setting within the Park provides natural sound abatement.

Latest Update:

Through the off-season, Court Perry, Paul O’Leary, Dee Steffan, and Tim O’Reilly have been working with representatives from the Vermont State Parks and Engineering Ventures, a Burlington engineering firm, on the final KPSP designs and permitting issues. Progress has been made and we’re hopeful the permitting will go smoothly and the Request-for-Proposals will be issued in late spring or early summer. Depending on the permitting requirements and the returned bids, the project budget may need to be adjusted. We anticipate court construction will occur this year, but probably not soon enough to see much playing time this season.

Thanks to a $3,000 anonymous matching donation offered at the end of 2023, we saw a $6,000 surge in donations.  Including the State’s $20,000 contribution, we now have $107,618 of the approximately $120,000 needed to build the four courts.  We will continue to fundraise the remaining $13,000 or more, but the State has indicated our current fundraising level is enough to move forward with the KPSP project.

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Note of Thanks: The response of our membership on all fronts has been incredibly gratifying. In terms of fundraising, every initiative in 2023 has surpassed our goals.

  • Membership increase of 50% from 2022 to 2023
  • Wood-fired Pizza Party – $4500 (Thank you Redels!)
  • 50/50 raffle – $862 in total pot, with generous give-back by winner Beth Mintz
  • Ancillary member donations above and beyond, just because – approx. $4000
  • End of Year 2023 Matching Donations – $6000

In addition to monetary contributions, we all benefit from the literally thousands of volunteer hours expended on behalf of our membership and our local Lake Champlain Islands communities. Whether it’s line painting, court blowing, mulch spreading, court/playground weeding, IPA appareling, Playtime Scheduler scheduling, meeting with local town and rec committee members, picnic and tournament planning, photographing and filming, designing new courts, project managing new courts, fundraising, grant writing, serving on the Board and Committees, special events planning or hosting, website mastering, managing the funds or tracking the emails, scores of dedicated volunteers pitch in to make Lake Champlain Islands Pickleball Association an organization to be proud of.

THE IPA EPITOMIZES WHAT COMMUNITY AT ITS BEST IS ALL ABOUT. OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

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