Watertown pickleball complex approved, but more talks to come  (Audio)

May 21, 2024

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown City Council approved a $526,000 contract at their meeting Monday night to build a new eight-court pickleball complex, but a more detailed and comprehensive agreement is yet to come.

That’s because the deal approved last night does not include wind screens, water, lighting, electricity or restrooms at the new complex. Naming rights or a “donor wall” were also discussed.

As it stands now, it would be essentially a “bare bones” facility, and that’s not what Mayor Ried Holien wants to see…

Councilman Bruce Buhler says the “add ons” to this project will need to be determined soon….

The complex will be located just east of the Prairie Lakes Wellness Center.

The bid that was awarded last night went to Timmons Construction of Brookings. It was approved on a 6-0 vote. Councilman Kyle Peters was absent.

The cost of building the complex is being evenly split between the city and the Watertown Pickleball Association.